Different preserving corporate Ballantyne Sturdy has introduced Sturdy Studios, a brand new wing of its leisure department, with two scripted sequence already within the works for 2022.
Supernatural horror time out Safehaven and Michael Rapaport dramedy Flagrant had been greenlit through Hen Soup for the Soul Leisure’s Display screen Media subsidiary, which is able to distribute them. The corporate’s ad-supported streaming products and services, Crackle, Popcornflix and Hen Soup for the Soul have premiere rights.
Cementing the relationship between Sturdy and Hen Soup for the Soul is David Ozer, who has been appointed president of Sturdy Studios. Ozer previously used to be CEO of Landmark Studio Staff, a department of Hen Soup. Partly as a result of the acquainted govt courting, the firms stated “many further collaborations are anticipated” down the road.
Based totally in New York, Sturdy Studios will broaden and bring authentic movie and TV tasks in addition to obtaining distribution rights to third-party productions. Together with investments in wooded area control, lumber manufacturing, reinsurance and different non-entertainment spaces, Ballantyne Sturdy has stakes in cinema apparatus, theme park services and products and virtual cell promoting.
Safehaven is a supernatural horror sequence in keeping with a graphic novel. Consistent with the authentic logline, it’s a couple of feminine comedian ebook artist whose drawings come alive to hang-out her. The sequence is produced through James Seale, Kevin Duncan and Michael Bay’s 451 Media. Manufacturing is expected to start out later this yr in Canada.
Flagrant is an authentic dramedy starring and govt produced through actor and comic Michael Rapaport. Screenwriter Peter Hoare and actor, broadcaster, humorist, and author Pete Correale are co-writers and showrunners. Manufacturing is expected to start out in the course of this yr.
Some tasks shepherded through Ozer at Landmark Studio Staff will migrate to Sturdy Studios. Amongst them are Shadows within the Winery, starring Judith Gentle and Noah Wyle; the drama sequence, Heartbeat, co-created through mythical DJ couple Kiss and M.O.S.; and horror sequence MidNightMares.
“The release of Sturdy Studios is a herbal but additionally probably transformative subsequent step for our leisure industry,” Ballantyne Sturdy CEO Mark Roberson stated. “We plan to make use of a disciplined and conservative method to building of latest tasks, using co-production and pre-licensing to restrict monetary publicity whilst development a content material library with prime doable for business luck. We welcome David and his crew and sit up for running with them to develop the industry into a number one media studio with most sensible authentic content material.”
Ozer stated that with “the rising international call for for content material and the acceleration of latest streaming products and services, the surroundings is ripe for Sturdy Studios to thrive.” With the preliminary dedication from Hen Soup for the Soul, he added, “we’re ready to hit the bottom operating with two sequence able to go into manufacturing, whilst we commence growing our personal pipeline of authentic IP.”
From 2018 till previous this yr, Ozer led Landmark Studio Staff, overseeing manufacturing and building of a wide-ranging slate, which integrated Safehaven and Flagrant. The roster integrated Willy’s Wonderland, starring Nicolas Cage, and Cause Level, directed through Brad Turner and starring Barry Pepper.
Previous to Landmark, Ozer used to be founding president of IDW Leisure, guidance the impartial studio’s growth. He oversaw the advance and manufacturing of 3 seasons of Wynonna Earp for Syfy, and two seasons of Dirk Gently for BBC The usa. He additionally spearheaded building of Locke & Key and V-Wars for Netflix.
Ozer up to now held senior exec posts at Starz, RHI Leisure, Sonar, DIC Leisure and Sony Footage Tv.