Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

From the Grass Roots: A Work-In-Progress Women's Basketball TV Internet Series

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

From time to time your Guru, due to the nature for which he is known, gets contacted from beyond the everyday realm to be made of aware of projects coming from a different byway involving women’s basketball.

And so recently he was pointed to a work-in-progress TV internet series from Stephanie Neroes, its executive producer, called called "Fauk My Life," the first word in the title referencing the last name of the central character - Amy Fauk.

None of the cast and adjoining contributors, including music artists, are known to the general public, the Guru believes. If wrong, he will update with ensuing reporting.

Ms. Neroes says that through this storytelling involving characters of diverse backgrounds “it would be impossible, as a young woman, not to be able to identify with at least one thing occurring in the lives of these players.”

The central character, as mentioned, is Amy Fauk, who is a point guard, and the storyline follows her and those in her life as she makes the transition from her Mesa Valley, MI, hometown off to college as a member of the Long Beach State University squad in Southern California.

The press release to offer an idea of this work makes a comparison to past concepts behind such past TV broadcast series as Felicity and Friday Night Lights.

The project is of a grassroots endeavor, such as the Kickstarter site, to raise funding, though there is a short-length pilot, which can be viewed on a link the Guru will soon offer here.

He found the opening episode interesting enough as in the case of many in different past series productions as to be left hanging at the end, interested in what happens next.

Ms. Neroes, who is also a retired professional women’s tackle football player, is a TV editor who has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade, according to the press release, from Seed & Spark, the funding site through which she is raising capital.

Her hope with this work is to reach a level of success that could impact future storytelling of women and sports.

Everything you need to know is at the project site http://www.faukmylife.com and once there if you click in the link under the "Pilot" tab at the top you will get to the episode, though there is much more at the site to enhance information beyond the Guru’s introduction here.

The funding effort was launched late last week during the WNBA All-Star break just prior to when the annual classic was played Saturday in Seattle, the home of the Storm.

The funding site can be found at https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/faukmylife#story

And if you need to make contact with Ms. Neroes, her email address is stephanie.neroes@faulkmylife.com to reach her. 

Our brief conversations were all by email, for now, but she gets back relatively quickly.

The Guru, having done his public service duty, now returns you to the rest of the summer action in various venues with the preparation for the 2017-18 collegiate season not too far in the future.    

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