Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Global Operation - DSS Series Coming Soon to a Web Near You

“the most compelling, hard-hitting crime/drama on the web”

I got a heads up on this new series over the weekend.  This is what its website says -- http://www.globaloperationtv.us/ -- “The hard-hitting and emotional web series centers around the incomprehensible crime that should not be a part of the 21st century, human trafficking, and the elite U.S Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agents of the Los Angeles Field Office who take the lead in combating these transnational crimes.”

Brief summary posted on its website, Global Operation:

Diplomatic Security Service, (DSS) Special Agent Samantha Morgan, a former army soldier, is a tough agent highly skilled at her job.  She heads the field office in Los Angeles and is responsible for the safety, welfare, and professional development of nearly 100 special agents every two years.  Having trained well over 1000 agents in the course of her career thus far.  Morgan believes, each individual has a reason for being in law enforcement; a personal tragedy, a passion for a cause, personal angst that runs deep and drives them to a career in law enforcement; truth and justice. With the assistance of the lead investigation detail Special Agent Varga, Morgan uses this information to hand  pick a team that will work around the clock to combat this incomprehensible crime that she says, should not be part of the 21st century.  In recent years, the United States has made human trafficking a priority.  An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year, a crime Morgan says, that will put hate in your heart.

These DSS agents are the backbone of investigative mission, conducting criminal, counterterrorism, and background investigations.  When they’re not investigating and apprehending criminals and terrorist, they are the agency identified to accept high threat protection assignments around the globe.  The majority of its Special Agents are members of the Foreign Service and federal law enforcement agents at the same time, making them unique.

The web series accept sponsorships ranging from $100 - $5,000 (Executive Producer Credit/ Full page ad). It also accepts product placements and brand ads from $2,000 to $10,000 to have a company written into the episode or the series. And if you want exposure (and have $3,000), you can also become a co-star of Global Operation.

The production is operating out of Los Angeles with zero budget; thus, the need for sponsorships and ads.  The creator/producer has indicated an interest in collaborating with filmmakers in DC to shoot scenes there that can be incorporated into the series. If you have an interest in film-making, here is your chance.

The GO website says that 10% of all funds raised go into GO’s non-profit of choice, International Justice Mission www.ijm.org, a human rights group based in WashDC that “secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.”

Two teasers/trailers have been posted online but no full episode is available for viewing at this time. I must say I love that intro music! The series creator told me that they are currently busy with post production and pre-production for episode #2 and that the pilot will have its online debut at the end of this month. 

This should be exciting, right?  I could not recall a series on TV or the web that centered on DSS. I feel old but my recollection only goes back a couple of decades and may not be accurate.  There was that one season show on TV some years back, I can't remember the name, but that was about a junior diplomat in London, wasn't it?. This might be a first for DSS; do correct me if I'm wrong.

In any case, we are hoping to post the pilot episode here as soon as it's released. Stay tuned! 


Anonymous said...

Um - !?

Wow. This is just... wow. Sort of a stunned wow. We'd heard rumors of this quite a while ago, but - ?

Diplopundit, you really find the most interesting stuff. I don't know where you get it, but it's just amazing how much interesting stuff you unearth and write about.

Your blog is just such a great find.

Jill said...

Well isn't that interesting??

Hopefully it'll show on AFN so we can see it ... or better yet, maybe the Dept will record it and send it to its DS agents posted overseas.

Yeah right!

Donna said...

There was a major action film a few years back that featured a DS agent, who (spoiler alert!) turned out to be the bad guy. Maybe it starred Robert Downie Jr and Tommy Lee Jones or somebody famous like that? Can't remember, and now I'll be up all night trying to think of it.

Consul-At-Arms said...

The TV show was "American Embassy."

DSS shows up in a few films: the Tom Clancy-based "Patriot Games" (all of them are killed) and also "U.S. Marshals" (they're the bad guys).

Anonymous said...

@ A Daring Adventure - Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying the site! I added a link to your Weekly Roundup in my sidebar.

@ Jill - it'll probably be no more than 15 minutes webisodes. I hope you can watch it online from where you are.

@ Donna - hope you're feeling better. I can't remember a DSS agent. But there was a PolOff in the new season of 24 (the one with the wide sideburns) but he did not last beyond first blush.

@CAA - Thanks for remembering! I've been twisting my brain about that TV series for months. I hope the DSS ones here are in better shape than in Patriot Games or the US Marshals (oh, Donna, was that Robert Downey Jr, the DSS agent in US Marshals?)

I'm looking forward to the pilot episode which should roll out this week if they keep to their schedule.

TSB said...

There was a delightfully cheesy Cold War movie in 1972 called Embassy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068538/) that had Broderick Crawford as the RSO in Beirut. I think that was the first depiction of an RSO.

A bit of movie trivia: Tom Clancy learned about DSS after he wrote the book Patriot Games (in which he had Secret Service agents protecting a visiting member of the British royal family) when a DS agent wrote to him and pointed out DSS would have handled that kind of visitor. Clancy changed the agents to DSS for the movie version. He then called the agent who had written him and asked about security arrangements for visitors to U.S. Embassy Bogota, which he then worked into his next novel, Clear and Present Danger.

Anonymous said...

TSB - I have not seen that cheesy CW movie, but will look it up. Thanks for the movie trivia, I appreciate it. I remember that scene in the alley in Bogota in Clear and Present Danger. Pretty heart-stopping scenes that hopefully stays only in scripts. Unfortunately, in this day and age, they are most certainly quite real for our DSS agents.