Polly Morphous

By Allen White & Michael Snyder
WGAw Registered

Format: Animated half-hour adventure/education series
Target audience: Ages 6-12, with potential crossover appeal to older viewers
Shorthand: Dora the Explorer meets Ben 10.
Logline: A young girl given the power to transform into anything embarks on adventures that require her just-learned scientific knowledge to resolve.

POLLY MING is a nine-year-old Asian-American girl with a loving single mother, a trio of best friends, a keen sense of curiosity, and a boundless imagination. But never in her wildest reveries can Polly conceive how her life will change when she receives a most amazing gift – the MORPHER, a device in bracelet form that gives her the ability to transform into anything she can envision… animal, vegetable or mineral.

Polly Morphous

Using the Morpher, a powerful matter transmogrifier, Polly can solve problems at home, at school and in the playground by becoming creatures or objects that give her the needed perspective or ability. The Morpher is a gift from a mysterious benefactor who hopes that Polly will use the device to expand her mind and make the world a better place. The Morpher’s interface is a holographic ferret named FIONA – the playful representation of the bracelet’s artificial intelligence. Once transformed, Polly maintains her normal human consciousness. Guided by Fiona, Polly learns enough scientific information to successfully explore new environments, yet must solve problems and survive adventures instigated by her new, temporary shape. She’s assisted by her loyal friends, three smart and creative kids. Her mother, a vet, is also a source of useful facts and inspiration.

Her transformations have a time limit, and Fiona always warns of Polly’s impending return to human form. This time limit results in some awkward situations when Polly suddenly appears where she shouldn’t, often requiring creative explanations on her part.

Polly’s capers can be fun, weird – even dangerous. But her astonishing experiences give her new knowledge of the world around her, and she always uses her brain to triumph.


By Michael Snyder, Mike Olson,
and Mona Darling
WGAw Registered

Format: Half-hour single-camera TV comedy series
Target audience: Adults 18-35
Shorthand: Modern Family meets Fifty Shades of Grey
Logline: A professional dominatrix must juggle her unusual, modern career with the demands of raising a family.

When she and her family are confronted by a financial setback, a suburban housewife and mother must return to her old career as a dominatrix – with comedic consequences.

Mona 1In a cozy Northern California suburb, a diligent, caring mother, her genial tech-exec husband and their bright, adorable 6-year-old son have lived the sweet life. But when the kid starts 1st Grade, mom KATRINA finds she has a little too much time on her hands. Then husband SEAN loses a high-paying gig in a harsh economy, so it’s agreed that Katrina should return to the career she had (and loved) before the responsibilities of marriage and motherhood. With most of Mom’s day free while Dad works in his home office, Katrina pulls on the latex and leather, breaks out the whips and handcuffs, and resumes her career as professional domme SCARLETT BURNS.

Considering the pristine, wholesome nature of their neighborhood and their desire to have their kid live a conventional life, Katrina and Sean decide that her move back into her previous vocation only makes sense if they can keep it on the down-low and shield the little one from these adult (albeit consensual and lucrative) activities. So Katrina reaches out to old colleagues in nearby San Francisco, and reopens for business in the daytime. It’s invigorating for her to return to BDSM – a world where she is totally in control – as opposed to domesticity where she must put her family’s needs first. But sometimes, especially with long-term clients, she has no alternative but to use the attic of their suburban home as a makeshift dungeon.

Little does Katrina realize how her two lives will invariably start to overlap, leading to bizarre and hilarious complications, emotional epiphanies, relationship drama, and a reassessment of the concept of “normal” – especially after her son announces that he believes he is actually a girl.


By Allen White & Michael Snyder
WGAw Registered

Format: Feature Film or TV pilot
Target audience: Adults 18-35
Shorthand: Supernatural meets Paranormal Activity
Logline: The host of a supernatural reality-TV show fights a raging demonic spirit that murders its way across New Orleans.

AccursedAccursed blends horror and mysticism, and takes us behind-the-scenes of a paranormal reality TV show where we are thrown into the dark world of a charismatic but arrogant television personality and expert on the occult as he tries to keep his career on track while battling a shocking adversary.

J.B. DUPRÉ returns to his native New Orleans to shoot a new paranormal investigation show, unaware that a voodoo curse from his past has unleashed a terrifying, ancient evil. Now, he, his producer/wife, and their crew are in mortal danger from uncontrollable forces that lurk in the murky corners of the Big Easy, as the smoldering wake of Dupré’s checkered past returns in the form of both spiritual warfare and personal bloody vengeance.

The location is exotic, but the threats are real: madmen, voodoo magicians, and innocent victims become vessels for otherworldly malevolence. Even Dupré’s wife and mother are at risk as a diabolic entity enacts its deadly agenda while the TV cameras roll. Can Dupré and his colleagues survive to shoot another episode of their series, or will they lose their very lives in pursuit of ratings?

The Barry & Ro Show


The Short
B&R 1
Married TV stars Barry and Ro shoot a promo for the second season of their early 1970s variety show as their relationship visibly starts to fray.

Our short is in the midst of a wildly successful film festival tour, and has proved to be an audience favorite across the United States.

Written by: Mike Olson and Michael Snyder
Directed by: Jordan Liebowitz
Film Festivals

The Barry & Ro Show

2015 2016
  • L.A. Indie Film Festival
  • L.A. Comedy Festival
  • Miami Short Film Festival
  • Indie Memphis
  • Flyway Film Festival
  • Malibu Film Festival
  • Long Beach Intl. Film Festival
  • Pasadena Intl. Film Festival
  • Sun Valley Film Festival
  • Richmond Intl. Film Festival
  • Maryland Intl. Film Festival
  • Athens Film & Video Festival
The Cast
Jeff Richards

Jeff Richards
(Saturday Night Live, MAD TV)

Earl Skakel

Earl Skakel
(The Jellies, The Real Rob)

Whitney Rice
Whitney Rice
(Tiny Tiny Talk Show, Laid in America)
John Murray
John Murray
(Scrooged, Moving Violations)
The Series
Go behind-the-scenes in the swingin’ 1970s with America’s favorite show-business couple — self-absorbed comedian Barry Hopkins and his ambitious young wife, singer/actress Ro — as they navigate professional victories and emotional pratfalls while trying to keep their hit TV variety series on top and their marriage intact.
12-Gauge & Crew
Sun Valley Film Fest 2016: Short Films – Murder, Feminism, and 70’s Variety Shows
Popoptiq:  March 9, 2016
By Claire Hellar
The Barry & Ro Show | 5 min, USA
“This hilariously cutting send-up of 70’s variety shows was easily one of the most compelling short films of SVFF’s 2016 lineup. Jeff Richards of Saturday Night Live and Whitney Rice of Roast Battle are the married, at-odds co-hosts of a 1970’s TV show. Fizzing with energy and wit, this does the near-impossible and one minute into a short makes the viewer forget entirely the active action of watching a film, instead immersing the viewer completely. Barry and Ro of The Barry & Ro Show make a series of increasingly abortive attempts to shoot a promo together, and turn on each other. A gem.”