Press Release: The Contained

THE CONTAINED: A New Digital Series from Bestselling Author Jon F. Merz Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Fund Production

Boston/Los Angeles
September 27, 2012
Contact: Jon F. Merz (

Imagine a world where people transport deadly diseases in their bodies for pharmaceutical companies.  They easily travel across international borders, bypass national health laws, and help big pharma reap enormous profits.  Hunted by assassins from rival pharmaceutical companies and always at risk from being killed by the very diseases they transport in their bodies, the life of a COURIER is high-risk and high-reward.  For those that succeed, they become incredibly wealthy.  For those that fail – a quick death is a merciful one.
THE CONTAINED is one man’s journey to rediscover his forgotten past and battle against his nearly inevitable future. Along the way, he trips and stumbles down a winding road of conspiracy, corruption, and the very fate of mankind itself.

THE CONTAINED is a brand new digital series from bestselling author Jon F. Merz, New Ronin Entertainment, and Human Punch Bowl featuring a cast of both fresh faces and veteran talent brought together in a maelstrom of high-octane adventure.  The production is currently live on Indiegogo at and is seeking $100,000 to fund the production of the pilot and additional episodes.  THE CONTAINED is based on the first short story creator Jon F. Merz had published (“I, the Courier” in Rictus Magazine in 1996) and follows the story of Jack Galway, a former Courier who has had his memory wiped clean.  When strange things start happening, Galway must piece together the fragments of his memory and rediscover who he was – and confront the reality of what he might become.

The production has a series of fun perks for contributors and is hard at work building up a “world” around the production that includes fictional “real world” websites and various other social media tools to spread the word about THE CONTAINED. Creator and bestselling author Jon F. Merz has written over two dozen novels for various big publishers like St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Publications Corp., Harlequin/Gold Eagle and others.  He is also one of the pioneering authors in the indie publishing movement that has embraced the advent of ebooks and digital content.  He formed New Ronin Entertainment with his good friend and business partner Jaime Hassett to develop film/TV/web projects independent of Hollywood.  For THE CONTAINED, New Ronin has also partnered with Los Angeles-based Human Punch Bowl to create the series with the best possible production values.

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf