Syfy Greenlights 'Monster Man'

Syfy will give viewers a look at the family behind a Hollywood monster prop shop with the order of six episodes of Monster Man from Gurney Productions.
For more than 30 years, when studios want a bizarre creature or out-of-this world alien, they've turned to Cleve Hall and his very unique family business. Docu-series Monster Man will give viewers a look at the highly dysfunctional, but talented family.
Over the years, Hall has created props for countless B-movies and big budget flicks for Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Disney, including Ed Wood and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Hall has also lent his talent to numerous television programs including Yo Gabba Gabba, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Additionally, he has worked with rock bands including Kiss creating Gene Simmons' Demon Armor, as well as Insane Clown Posse, Alice Cooper, Tenacious D and Devo.

Production on Monster Man is slated to begin shooting this month in Los Angeles, with an anticipated January 2012 debut.

"We are entering the creative world of a very eccentric, artistic family," said Mark Stern, president of original content, Syfy and co-head of content for Universal Cable Productions in a statement. "Cleve and his team will give our viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring monster props, puppets and costume pieces to life. But they're also a family business, so the unusual dynamic between them is half the fun."