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Industry Companies Seeking Projects
(2002, G-L)


"The Surfview Entertainment site is designed to help filmmakers connect with potential film financing and legal information sources. Surfview Entertainment does not do due diligence, and any party wishing to list their services may do so. As such, Surfview Entertainment cannot attest to the credibility, accuracy or abilities of the parties listed within its site. The information contained in this site should not be construed as a substitute for consultation with an attorney. It is the filmmaker's responsibility to do their own due diligence and consult an attorney before entering into any transaction."  

        - James E. Tessier, editor

INDUSTRY COMPANIES SEEKING PROJECTS
(Please seek permission before sending  materials. 
Unless specified, all companies have a policy of "no unsolicited material.")
 

 

Gold Circle Films

9420 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 250 
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 

Phone: (310) 278-4800 Fax: (310) 278-0880 

Web site: www.goldcirclefilms.com

Contacts: Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer, Jeff Levine

Types of business: Financing, production, distribution

Types of finance: All

Types of projects sought: Commercial theatrical feature films

Advice: Attach an element to your project: an actor, a director, some money, something that makes it more than just a script. 

Projects in the works: "Skinwalkers," "Chain," "Interstate"

Recent releases: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "The Man From Elysian Fields," "The Badge"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Golden One Ventures 

537 Newport Center Drive #645
Newport Beach, CA 92660 

Phone: (949) 798-6161 Fax: (949) 798-5544

Email: showbizmail@aol.com

Contact: Craig LeFronk, producer

Types of business: Venture capital and independent film production

Types of finance: Equity participation and/or secured debt financing

Types of projects sought: Feature film television, commercials, Internet content, documentaries, soundtrack, action-adventure, drama, teen comedy, animation, science-fiction

Advice: Solicited WGA-registered scripts or treatments only; copies of solicited work will not be returned

Projects in the works: "Ice Conspiracy," "Vegas Falls," "Jolly Roger"

Recent releases: "The Cutaway"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Hannibal Pictures

8265 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 107
West Hollywood, CA 

90046 Phone: (323) 848-2945 Fax: (323) 848-2946 

Email: hannibalpictures@mindspring.com

Web site: www.hannibalpictures.com

Contacts: Richard Rionda Del Castro, chairman-CEO; Patricia Rionda Del Castro, VP

Types of business: Financing, production, distribution

Types of finance: Equity, foreign sales pre-sales, international co-productions

Types of projects sought: $5 million to $40 million - very commercial and original, action-driven

Advice: Get as many pieces of the package together before you submit a project. 

Projects in the works: "Yakuza," "Top Ten," "Direct Action"

Recent releases: "Partners in Action," "Absolon," "Crime Spree"

Projects in the works: Will shortly announce an extensive slate for 2002-03

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Highland Crest Pictures

7471 Melrose Ave., Ste. 7
Los Angeles, CA 90046 

Phone: (323) 852-9848 Fax: (323) 658-7265 

Email: highlandcp@aol.com

Web site: www.highlandcrestpix.com

Contacts: Douglas Witkins, president; Koing Kuoch, VP, sales and development

Types of business: Financing, production and distribution

Types of finance: Foreign sales, equity, gap, access to foreign film funds, foreign tax credits

Types of projects sought: Packaged projects with high-level name actors attached 

Advice: Have a well-developed screenplay and several pieces of the package already in place.

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Hollywood Independents

1335 N. LaBrea Ave., Ste. 2197
Hollywood, CA 90028 

Phone: (323) 876-0975 Fax: (323) 876-0975 

Email: jaa@inetworld.net

Web site: www.hollywoodindependents.com

Contacts: Jorge Ameer, president; Lisa Marx, director of development/acquisitions; Rollin Olson, Shelley Price, production executives

Types of business: Motion picture production, financing, domestic theatrical distribution

Types of finance: Equity investors

Types of projects sought: High-end, original, edgy, intelligent and controversial projects; projects that defy the usual

Advice: Do the research and keep focused. Learn as much about the business and how your project fits in. In an industry where everyone seems to be an expert, listen to your allies who wish you well. Have all paperwork to support packaged elements.

Projects in the works: "Interim," "The Singing Forest" 

Recent releases: "Hotel Room," "The Glitter Awards" (TV), "Klash," "Eastside," "Strippers," "Poor White Trash," "I Will Survive"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

IFC Prods.

11 Penn Plaza 
New York, NY 10001 

Phone: (646) 273-7223 Fax: (646) 273-7260 

Contacts: Jonathan Sehring, president, IFC Entertainment; Caroline Kaplan, VP, production and development; Holly Becker, manager, production and development

Types of finance: Independent equity film financing

Types of projects sought: Seeking director-driven, compelling independent films

Advice: If you want to submit a film please fax us a brief note about the script, director, other attachments and budget amount. If we want to see a script and pursue further we will contact you.

Projects in the works: "Casa de los Babys," "Pieces of April," "Happy Here and Now"

Recent releases: "Monsoon Wedding," "Tadpole," "Waking Life"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

IFM Film Associates

1328 East Palmer Ave. 
Glendale, CA 91205 

Phone: (818) 243-4976 Fax: (818) 550-9728

Email: ifmfilm@aol.com

Web site: www.ifmfilm.com 

Contact: Antony 1. Ginnane, president

Types of business: Executive production, co-production financing (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe), worldwide sales and pre-sales

Types of finance: Australian, New Zealand and Canadian equity, Eastern European facilities and soft funding

Types of projects sought: Thrillers, family, action, sci-fi, mystery and horror with budgets from $1 million to $20 million plus selected documentary and factual material

Advice: Submit synopsis and/or elements (if any) in first instance. We will follow up as appropriate.

Projects in the works: "Torrent," "The Risen," "James' Garden," "Sally Marshall Is Not An Alien" (TV series)

Recent releases: "The Hit," "In the Red," "Reign in Darkness"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Infinity Intl. Entertainment

8000 Sunset Blvd., Ste. B31 0
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Phone: (323) 848-8966 Fax: (323) 848-8727 

Email: info@intinityentertain.com

Contacts: Michael Ohoven, CEO; William Vince, president; Kerry Rock, director of acquisitions

Types of business: We are vertically integrated to package, develop, finance and purchase rights (Infinity manages media funds in Germany, Canada and the U.K.)

Types of projects sought: Projects driven by proven directors and/or writers and have budgets from $5 million to $25 million

Projects in the works: "Confidence," "The Human Stain," "Knights Castle"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Initial Entertainment Group

3000 W. Olympic Blvd. 
Building 2, Ste. 1550 
Santa Monica, CA 90404 

Phone: (310) 315-1722 Fax: (310) 315-1723 

Email: ieg@initial-ent.com

Contacts: Graham King, president; Colin Cotter, CEO; Pamela Pickering, president, sales and distribution

Types of business: Financing, production, distribution

Types of finance: Equity, foreign sales and pre-sales

Types of projects sought: Big-budget theatrical projects

Projects in the works: "Alexander"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Intermedia

9350 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

Phone: (310) 777-0007 Fax: (310) 777-0008 

Email: info@intermediafilm.com

Contacts: Moritz Borman, CEO, Intermedia Group chairman, IM Intl. Media AG; Jere Hausfater, president, motion picture group, worldwide distribution and acquisitions; Jon Gumpert, vice chairman and head of motion picture operations

Types of business: Film development, finance and distribution

Types of finance: Production financing and acquisitions

Types of projects sought: Broad spectrum of top-quality, high-concept commercial features in all budget ranges that are suited for the international marketplace

Projects in the works: "Adaptation," "Basic," "The Life of David Gale"

Recent releases: "K-19: The Widowmaker," "K-Pax," "Iris"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Intl. Film Guarantors 

10940 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 2014 
Los Angeles, CA 90024 

Phone: (310) 208-4500 Fax: (310) 443-8998 

Email: usinfo@ifgbonds.com 

Web site: www.ifgbonds.com

Contacts: Steve Mangel, president-COO; Joan Weidman, executive VP

Types of business: Completion guarantor

Types of projects sought: Feature films, TV series and multimedia projects budgeted from $2 million to $200 million-plus seeking completion bonds

Advice: Seek our assistance once production financing is secured.

Projects in the works: "Anger Management," "Like Hell: Jeepers Creepers 2," "Masked and Anonymous," "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," "Bulletproof Monk" 

Recent releases: "Reign of Fire " "K-19: The Widowmaker," "Spy Game," Gosford Park," "We Were Soldiers"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Konwiser Brothers

Phone: (310) 205-2477 Fax: (310) 273-6092 

Email: rogers@konwiserbros.com

Web site: www.konwiserbros.com

Contacts: Kip Konwiser, Kern Konwiser, partners; Chad Marshall, creative development executive

Types of business: Financing, production, limited distribution

Types of finance: Equity, bank gap, foreign sales

Types of projects sought: Completed scripts with some momentum (i.e., cast, some financing and/or distribution), experienced director and/or producer involved 

Advice: Come with material that is truly ready to go into production, not development. 

Projects in the works: "Dallas & Rusty," "Dynasties," "United We Jam" 

Recent releases: "Maze," "On Edge"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Lewis Horwitz Organization

1840 Century Park East, Ste. 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067 

Phone: (310) 275-7171 Fax: (310) 275-8055

Contacts: Lew Horwitz, Art Stribley, Peter Graham

Types of business: Provides loans for film and TV production, post-production and other types of entertainment loans

Types of finance: Lends against various types of collateral, including pre-sales contracts, lending against unsold rights (gap financing) and other acceptable collateral

Advice: LHO and its officers are the most experienced lenders in the business. We are happy to speak to producers at an early stage in order to describe what our parameters are in each individual situation. We are experts in assisting clients with productions produced internationally, including all the various subsidies and tax credits available and access to German tax f unds.

Projects in the works: "Baby Geniuses I I," "The United States of Leland"

Recent releases: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Fear.Com"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Liberty Intl. Prods.

1990 Westwood Blvd., Penthouse 
Los Angeles, CA 90020 

Phone: (310) 474-4456 Fax: (310) 474-7455

Email: mjbarab@libertyinteractive.com / mjbarab@aol.com

Contact: Martin J. Barab, president

Types of business: Worldwide film distribution, worldwide television syndication, finance and productions, made-for-television motion pictures, filmed concerts

Types of finance: Bank and co-production, equity, traditional gap financing, minimum guarantees offered

Types of projects sought: Canadian content, Canada/U.K. qualified co-productions or any other qualified co-production agreements. We are seeking finished television movies of the week, made-for-cable or pay television pictures. Seeking thrillers, family entertainment pictures, animal pictures.

Advice: Please make sure to have the chain of title. We are actively soliciting to buy film libraries. Please have one or two above-the-line elements (e.g., director and star, unique screenplays).

Projects in the works: "Taff'$ Gold," "Walk the Line," "Depravity," "The Contract"

Recent releases: "Partners in Action," "Scope" (TV), "Religions of the World" (TV), "Phenomenon" (TV)

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates

433 N. Camden Drive, Ste. 1010 
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

Phone: (310) 859-9595 Fax: (310) 859-0806 

Email: atty@marklitwak.com

Web site: www.marklitwak.com

Contacts: Mark Litwak, attorney; Emi Koda, assistant

Types of finance: Equity, pre-sales, co-production

Types of projects sought: Well-written low-budget scripts with partial equity financing in place. Prefer thrillers, action-adventure and family pictures

Advice: We generally package projects for our existing writer, director and producer clients. We don't review scripts from outside unless there are some impressive elements attached or significant financing in place.

Projects in the works: "Wicked Season," "Hook & Flow"

Recent releases: "Pressure," "Out of Line," "The Proposal"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS

Lions Gate Films

4553 Glencoe Ave., Ste. 200 
Marina del Rey, CA 90292 

Phone: (310) 314-2000 Fax: (310) 392-0252

Web site: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Contacts: John Sacchi, VP of production and development

Types of business: Motion picture and television production and distribution homevideo acquisition and distribution, creation and distribution of animated programming, operation of studio facilities, VOD

Types of finance: Finances, co-finances film, TV projects

Types of projects sought: Features ranging from $2 million to $20 million

Advice: Interested in innovative, provocative, quality material with potential for critical recognition as well as commercial success

Projects in the works: "Rules of Attraction," "Confidence," "Shattered Glass"

Recent releases: "Monster's Ball," "Lantana," "0," "Frailty," "Lovely & Amazing"

Surfview Reminder: Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.

Compiled by:   DAILY VARIETY, July 29 - August 4, 2002VARIETY SUPPLEMENT : THE INDEPENDENTS


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