Satu Runa, creator of "Hessians of Burbank"

Pollen Pictures Teams Up with Satu Runa for 1/2 Hour Comedy Series

LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2017- Producers Amanda W. Timpson  and Andrea M. Reyes of Pollen Pictures have teamed up with actress-writer Satu Runa to develop a 1⁄2 hour comedy series, Hessians of Burbank, for television.

Hessians of Burbank centers around Miriam: a thirty-something metal-head who escapes her soul-sucking desk job and heads for Hollywood on a quest to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a VJ. The show, created by and starring Runa, follows the lives of aging metal-heads refusing to evolve for anyone or anything as the world passes them by. It is an insightful, poignant homage to the bygone years of VJs and music videos- when heavy metal ruled the Earth.

“The minute Satu pitched this project to us we were interested. There’s something so universal about Miriam’s journey. Not everyone dreams of being a VJ, but everyone struggles with these ideas about identity, especially at a time when so many are encouraged to “follow their passion” at all costs. Hessians explores that cost with humor, honesty, and an unapologetically metal attitude. We’re thrilled to be working together on this project and can’t wait to introduce the world to Miriam.” -Amanda W. Timpson
Hessians is a reflection of the MTV generation. What happens to our idols after they fall? What does it mean to return to your roots after you’ve settled for conformity? Pollen Pictures understands the story I want to tell, and I’m honored to work them.” –Satu Runa

With a character-driven point of view in the style of Amazon’s FleabagHessians’ biting humor ties in the musical humor and fantasy elements of Mozart in the Jungle with the playful snobbery and philosophical musings of High Fidelity (2000). This is the first joint venture of Pollen Pictures and Ms. Runa.

About Satu Runa: Actress Satu Runa (The Coalition, Rizzoli & Isles) started out interviewing rock bands on public access in Jersey City, NJ. She worked in production at Fuse Networks, Vh1, and has been on-camera talent for Fangoria TV. A graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Satu directed and starred in the pilot for 1⁄2 hour comedy Queen Gorya (2014) after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Official Site: Twitter: @SatuRuna

About Pollen Pictures: Pollen Pictures is an independent production company developing and producing engaging, provocative projects for TV, film, and digital platforms. Founded with the belief that storytelling is our most powerful tool for inciting change, Pollen Pictures is dedicated to diverse and inclusive storytelling both in front of the camera and behind. Official Site:

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Red Carpets, Adult Swims, and an Album Release date!

So many things to be excited about:  a TV appearance on the PREMIERE EPISODE of Adult Swim’s the Eric Andre Show, an album release date for my band, Modern Time Machine‘s debut album CONTINUITY GIRL, and last but not least: my first RED CARPET MOVIE PREMIERE!

Eric Andre and Modern Time Machines

Eric Andre and Modern Time Machines

I am very thankful to the directors, Andrew Barchillon and Katao Sakurai, and casting director, LE Correia, of the Eric Andre Show.  I knew they would pick my band out of everyone in LA  simply because we are PERFECT for the part!  Modern Time Machines appears as the GUEST MUSICAL ACT for Eric Andre, who plays himself: a witty, goofball, public access TV host in an alternate reality.  Debut episode premieres MAY 20, 2012 at 12:30AMon Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM.  Yay!

Modern Time Machines "Continuity Girl"

Modern Time Machines “Continuity Girl” debut album out May 22, 2012

Two days later, Modern Time Machines (I play keys, guitar, and sing in this band) will have our national DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE May 22, 2012!  The album will be available on i-Tunes for your listening pleasure.  We will probably have a party to celebrate with a live performance, stay tuned for location info!

The Coalition (Team Sizzle Films)

The Coalition (Team Sizzle Films)

And last but certainly most exciting:  Team Sizzle Film’s THE COALITION will have it’s feature film red carpet premiere at the American Black Film Festival this June, 21, 2012 in Miami, Florida!  Packing the bikini and sun block!  Directed by Monica Mingo and produced by Terrell Suggs (NFL star of the Baltimore Ravens), The Coalition is an independent dramedy feature length film.  I play the supporting role of “Mira.”  Ticket info will be posted ASAP! Check back often!

Yes, this is going to be a fantastic summer indeed.  It’s all happening right here in the land of dreams.
See you out there fanboys and girls!


Satu Makeda