Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Curious Case of "Christmas of Light"

Everyone loves the late painter Thomas Kinkade, right? Okay, maybe not everyone, but many do find the work of Kinkade to be inspiring. So?

So...let's put on a show. In fact, let's put it on in Dollywood at Christmas and make a mint. At least that's what a few locals thought last fall. In November 2015, local real estate developer Eugene Sak incorporated "Christmas of Light Productions." Interestingly, Sak's headquarters are located in the same downtown office building as Bryan Robinson's. And what's a Brian Robinson story without Rick Silanskas and Gary Baker?

Yes, the now infamous Christmas of Light show was orchestrated by Rick Silanskas of DreamVisiton fame and local singer/songwriter Gary Baker (Baker Family Productions). The idea was pretty simple: A group of young singer/actors under the direction of Silanskas and Baker would sing Christmas music to a backdrop of seven Kinkade paintings. In addition to standard holiday carols, the show would feature original music by Gary Baker, all for a little less than fifty dollars per person.

At the time Sak purchased the Christmas of Light show, the production was ostensibly owned by Provident Global Capital (Bryan Robinson). Provident had contracted with three entities to stage the show: Triple Horse Productions, In:ciite Media, and DreamVision. The holiday show was already booked for the Smokey Mountain Palace at Dollywood when Sak completed the sale with Bryan Robinson. According to Sak's suit against the Killen resident, In:ciite and Triple Horse (both co-defendants) are now demanding payment from Sak.  The DreamVision company is conspicuously absent from the lawsuit. In other words, what did Robinson do with the money he received from Sak?

As for the show itself, it received mixed reviews. It's not on the Dollywood schedule for Christmas 2016, but perhaps a venue may yet be found in Zip City.


It would appear that Bryan Robinson is from the Kanye West school of entrepreneurship--never use your own money when you can use someone else's. We have to ask why the three businessmen who invested 600K in Robinson's plan to flip Huntsville properties didn't attempt to purchase the defaulted real estate directly? We also have to ask why anyone, especially businessmen, trusted Robinson?

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