In an article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle at the time, Bright Ideas touted the economic development potential of Georgia’s lucrative production tax credits and the story said its $20 million expansion would create the state’s largest animation studio.
Actor Ric Reitz, who appeared in “My Parents, My Sister & Me,” told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he started with “high hopes”about the show.
Reitz said the group started having money trouble and failed to fully pay actors, production staff and vendors.
“Over time, it started to become uncomfortable,” he said. “They started to say things that obviously did not come true.”
Ten episodes of “My Parents” were completed before production halted.
In an AJC story last year, Hollins detailed development of a planned sitcom called “Chin Chens,” about an Asian-American family.
Officials with the Secretary of State’s Office said about 30 investors, mostly from Georgia, were solicited.
According to a filing last month with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bright Ideas and an affiliated company, My Parents, My Sister & Me LLC, were attempting to raise $3 million and $3.2 million, respectively. Bright Ideas had raised $500,000, and the other firm had raised $2.4 million, though the first sales for each occurred years earlier.
“I am very confident at the end of this judicial process he will cleared of all changes, and I look forward enthusiastically to clearing his good name,” said Clifford E. Hardwick IV, an attorney for Hollins.