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The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is the only nonprofit dedicated to driving economic development and job creation by cultivating a robust film and television industry in Northeast Ohio.

As the GCFC relies solely on donations, proceeds from this raffle will help the GCFC continue to build a strong, sustainable film and media production industry that brings jobs and business to Cleveland.

Cleveland, OH named to MOVIEMAKER Magazine’s 2020 Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker

Source:  MovieMaker
CLEVELAND, OH – Jan. 29, 2020

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission today announced Cleveland, Ohio has been named one of MovieMaker‘s Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2020, ranking 16th out of 20 big cities.  MovieMaker determined the winners using surveys, editorial research on tax incentives and recent productions, and personal visits to most of the locations on the list. The full list of winning cities and towns is below.

“We’re thrilled about the new and returning cities and towns on our list of creatively thriving places for moviemakers to do great work. This year, we decided to move Los Angeles and New York City to the Hall of Fame of Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, which opened up the list to richly deserving new communities that are creating their own great film legacies,” said MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy.

For the complete 2020 list of Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker, visit

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is the only nonprofit dedicated to driving economic development and job creation by cultivating a robust film and television industry in Northeast Ohio.

The GCFC relies solely on donations to continue to build a strong, sustainable film and media production industry that brings jobs and business to Cleveland. Click here to make a donation, or here to become a member!

Here’s the complete list of MovieMaker‘s 2020 Best Cities to Live and Work as a Moviemaker:

20.  San Antonio, TX
19.  Houston, TX
18.  San Diego, CA
17.  Kansas City, MO
16.  Cleveland, OH
15.  Miami, FL
14.  Cincinnati, OH
13.  Dallas, TX
12.  San Francisco, CA
11.  Portland, OR
10.  Boston, MA
9.  Philadelphia, PA
8.  Memphis, TN
7.  Montreal, QC
6.  Austin, TX
5.  Toronto, ON
4.  Atlanta, GA
3.  Vancouver, BC
2.  Chicago, IL
1.  Albuquerque, NM

And here’s the complete list of MovieMaker’s 2020 Best Smaller Cities and Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker:

10.  Newark, NJ
9.  Wilmington, NC
8.  Providence, RI
7.  Knoxville, TN
6.  Ashland, OR
5.  Richmond, VA
4.  Pittsburgh, PA
3.  Santa Fe, NM
2.  New Orleans, LA
1.  Savannah, GA

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. Our 2020 list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker appears in the Winter 2020 issues, with a cover story on LuckyChap Entertainment, the production company co-founded by Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Sophia Kerr and Josey McNamara. The issue is available on newsstands in February.

New Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Brings West Coast Ideas to Midwest

Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Evan Miller settles into his new office overlooking Lake Erie.

Source:  Cleveland Jewish News  •  Skylar Dubelko
January 20, 2020

For Evan Miller, “all roads lead to home.”

After a 15-year stint as a Los Angeles talent agent, the graduate of Orange High School in Pepper Pike and The Ohio State University in Columbus, returned from Tinseltown to take over the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Miller said the driving force behind his career change was family.

“I loved my time in Los Angeles,” he said. “I loved what I was doing.”

But as the father of a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, Miller felt his children lacked opportunities to be around their grandparents and cousins.

That “was such a valuable part of my childhood growing up,” he said. “At a certain point, it didn’t feel right that they weren’t getting to spend all this time (together).”

Miller became aware of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission shortly after the birth of his daughter.

After reading a number of scenes in Marvel’s “The Avengers” that had been shot in Cleveland, Miller recalled, “I just thought, ‘Somebody in Cleveland is doing this. Who is doing it (and) how can I get in touch with them?’”

Timing was kismet

Miller found former president Ivan Schwarz’s name on the internet, sent him an email, then cold-called him.

Schwarz got back to him within a couple of hours.

Which, in “the entertainment industry, isn’t always typical,” Miller said.

The two had a lunch on the books just a few weeks later.

“I told him, ‘I don’t know if I can do anything to help you in my current position, but I am a crazy, diehard Clevelander,’” Miller said. “Being out there really galvanizes your fanship, because I was no longer surrounded by all Cleveland fans. I had to go and represent a little bit out there.”

Over time, they established a relationship, Miller said, and he hoped for an opportunity to work with Schwarz.

“(I) never anticipated that I would be stepping into his shoes,” Miller said.

But as his contract was starting “to wind down” at Abrams Artists Agency, Inc., Miller and his wife started to consider where they wanted to raise their young family.

“The timing just kind of aligned,” Miller said. “When (Schwarz) let me know that he was going to be leaving, I jumped at the opportunity and kind of put all my chips in the middle.”

Prior to moving home and ultimately settling in Brecksville – “my wife grew up there and loved it,” Miller said – he feared it might be difficult to translate his skills, and his work in Los Angeles’ entertainment industry, to Cleveland.

The former agent is quick to acknowledge the “very steep learning curve.”

“I’m going from working for a business where you are appreciated based on the amount of dollars you bring in,” Miller explained. “I’m coming now to a nonprofit where my job isn’t to drive revenues for my organization. It’s to drive revenues for a city and for the individual workers.”

Fortunately, Miller has spent time studying incentives to understand “the value of how those work and how those drove production out of LA.”

Holding out a carrot

Through the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, the state sets aside $40 million a year for a tax break that funds up to 30% of eligible film production activities. The tax credit can be taken against the commercial activity tax, financial institutions tax or income tax.

Schwarz, who led the film commission for 13 years, was instrumental in introducing the tax credit.

“The tax credit and this industry really isn’t here without him,” Miller said. “As production started shifting away from Los Angeles, (the tax credit) was going to be the hook to get people here, and once we get people here, they tend to really enjoy it.”

From a business standpoint, Miller said production companies who choose to film in Cleveland are getting better value on the dollar.

“But then they’re also dealing with people who are coming to work on time and are working hard and are friendly to work with as well,” Miller said. “The impediments to production that you find in a lot of other big cities, you don’t find here and that goes a very long way.”

Miller officially started his role in August and describes himself as having been “extremely fortunate” early on.

“To come in and have pretty much three concurrent productions over the past four months, you can’t ask for more than that,” Miller said in reference to “The Minuteman” with Liam Neeson, the “Untitled Fred Hampton Project” and “Cherry,” directed by Cleveland-raised brothers Anthony and Joe Russo.

“But the reality is, with a $40 million incentive, that money’s pretty much burned up,” Miller said. “We don’t want to be in a situation where we’re busy for three to four months out of the year and then we’re sitting vacant for the rest of the year.”

Miller knows that, without the tax incentive, production companies are unlikely to consider filming in Cleveland.

“So a big part of what we’re trying to do is to raise that and make sure people understand where the value is,” Miller said. Noting the Russo brothers’ goal was always to film “Cherry” in Cleveland, Miller explained problems with the tax incentive almost forced production elsewhere.

“It did not look like that film was going to shoot in Cleveland, even though it took place here and even though the Russos are from here and are such advocates for the city,” Miller said. That just “speaks to the value of the tax incentive.”

“But thankfully, because the incentive was saved, the finances lined up,” Miller continued, “and, again, they wanted to be here, the film takes place here, so it all made sense.”

While the other two productions were shot in Cleveland, the films are set in Chicago, Miller noted. “We were able to double as Chicago. We offer a much more financially feasible way of doing it than it would be to shoot” there.

At the end of the day, Miller said financiers will choose whichever filming location gets them “the most bang for their buck.”

Asked about the future of the commission, Miller said the goal is to ultimately have a film studio in Cleveland.

“But it has to be done right,” he said. “This is not a typical business where, if you just hang a storefront and you have good people running it, all of a sudden you’re going to have people coming in.”

A studio in the future

With the tax incentive’s current structure, a Cleveland-based studio might sit empty for most of the year.

“Economics aside, the optics of that alone aren’t good. It doesn’t look good to have a brand new studio that’s not being used,” Miller explained. “So our hope is that, if a studio is going to be built here, it’s done in conjunction with the tax incentive being raised to $100 million.”

Cleveland has already come a long way since Miller left 15 years ago. Noting there are “so many” programs in place that weren’t available when he was growing up, Miller said the fact that young Clevelanders can break into the entertainment industry in their hometown excites him.

“And then ultimately not be in a position where they’re forced to leave,” Miller added. “You don’t have to necessarily be in New York or LA. You’ll have the skill set to go do so, but if you want to stay local, if you want to start building your career here, you have the opportunity to do so.”

During his time in Hollywood, Miller was often grateful for the Midwestern values he grew up with; they served him well in interacting with colleagues.

“The nice thing about being at an agency is that you really are aware of the entire city’s business,” Miller said. “So you know what’s going on at all the studios and management companies and agencies. Through the course of doing that over the years, I built enough rapport and trust that I have a lot of these good contacts that are willing, excited to help.”

He said nobody was surprised when he made the decision to return home.

“It made perfect sense ‘cause they all knew me as the Cleveland guy out there,” Miller said. “Again, I loved Los Angeles, but I’m very much a Midwesterner and have Midwestern sensibilities. Being out there for so long, I realized the positive impacts being here had on me. I was … successful because a lot of the lessons that I learned here from my family, which had been rooted in how Cleveland does things.”

His children are adjusting well to Cleveland and the “family-centric and positive environment” it offers, Miller said, adding they recently got a puppy and spent the holidays with extended family.

“It was nice to be able to have the entire family around and lighting the Chanukah candles this year,” Miller said. “Not doing it via FaceTime, and having my daughter … light them and exchange presents with her cousins, who we would only see once every two to three years, that stuff is worth its weight in gold.”

Help us thank Ivan Schwarz for 13 years of FilmInCLE!

Help us thank former GCFC President Ivan Schwarz for his dedication and invaluable contributions to Northeast Ohio!

Make a donation to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission in his honor to say ‘thank you’.


We need your help to continue the work Ivan started. Your gift allows us to continue our mission to create jobs and economic impact. If you, your business, your art, or your community have been impacted by Ivan’s work, please consider making a gift in his honor.

Thank you!

Help Create Cleveland Film Jobs on GivingTuesday!

It’s GivingTuesday, the best day of the year to give back to the causes you care about most!

Your contributions to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) this GivingTuesday will have a direct impact in Northeast Ohio. Your support on this international day to do good will help the GCFC build a strong, sustainable film and media production industry that brings jobs and business to Cleveland.


Whether you donate $5 or $500, every little bit helps! And today on GivingTuesday, Facebook will match a total of $7 million in donations first come, first served. Thank you for supporting the Cleveland film industry!

• Connect local cast, crew, and vendors directly to production work
• Offer workforce development programs (internships, seminars, FilmSkills training and more)
• Actively pursue media production business that benefits the local economy and creates jobs
• Present film screenings and media mixers to bring people together
• Advocate for public policy that welcomes production activity
• Provide a one-stop-shop supporting local, national and international filmmakers

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We are thankful for Ohio Film Jobs!

As we enter this season of thankfulness, we are most grateful for our supporters who joined with us to #SaveOhioFilmJobs when the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit was challenged this summer.

Watch our video below to hear from other grateful industry members, including some special #ClevelandFilm guests!

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) played a critical role in the preservation of the credit, which has already created over 5,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generated nearly $700 million in economic impact. The preservation of the credit sets the stage for significant economic growth in Ohio.

We thank Governor Mike DeWine, Senate President Larry Obhof, Speaker Larry Householder, and Senators Matt Dolan and Kirk Schuring for their continued support of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, as well as the many industry and community members who worked side-by-side with us to ensure the credit was preserved.
We could not have #SavedOhioFilmJobs without all of YOU.

GCFC’s Mike Wendt talks about bringing the Liam Neeson film to Northeast Ohio

Source:  CSU Cauldron  •  Nick Hawks
November 19, 2019

Thanks in large part to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC), Liam Neeson got to showcase his special set of skills (stop me if you’ve heard that line before) in Northeast Ohio, filming the movie, “The Minuteman.” Neeson, who stars in the film as a rancher who ends up defending a young Mexican boy on the run from the cartel, was spotted all over Northeast Ohio from September to late October, when production wrapped. The film takes place largely in Arizona and Chicago. In fact, none of the scenes from the film actually take place in Northeast Ohio at all. So why film it here?  According to Mike Wendt, a Production Coordinator with the GCFC, it’s all about customer service.

“Our job at the Cleveland Film Commission is to make sure films come here,” Wendt said over a telephone interview with The Cauldron. “They were also considering other cities, so we try going above and beyond and giving them a lot of options.”

Cleveland has become a hotspot in recent years for mainstream film, with blockbusters such as “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “The Fate of the Furious,” filming key scenes in the city. Wendt detailed how the process of bringing in a film goes down, as he was the first one from the GCFC to read the script for “The Minuteman.”

“Usually how it works at the commission is we’re in touch very early in the process,” Wendt said. “We’ll read the script and scout locations to give them a sense of what they get when they’re here. The director, Rob (Roberto Lorenz), and the other producers drove around for a couple of days, and they started to get a semblance of what they could do here, and not just in Cleveland, but Northeast Ohio.”

Filming took place in not just Cleveland, but Wellington, Hudson, Parma and Kent. One of the big draws to the area is how just half an hour from downtown there are several rural spots that are good for filming. If you’re asking yourself how Cleveland could possibly double for Arizona, you’re not alone.

“The first few weeks of the film were actually shot in New Mexico,” Wendt said. “In Northeast Ohio, you can cover most geographical locations, but two things we lack are desert and mountains.”

Neeson isn’t the only Hollywood star to grace Cleveland with his presence. If in recent weeks you’ve bumped into Joe or Anthony Russo on the Cleveland State University campus (co-directors of a small indie film you’ve probably never heard of, “Avengers: Endgame”), it’s not by coincidence, as they’re also in town shooting their film, “Cherry,” starring Tom Holland.  The film shooting here almost never happened, as the Ohio legislature removed the $40 million Motion Picture Tax Credit that had been bringing movie production to the state since 2009. Production on all filming in Cleveland was put on hold.

“It was pretty scary because there may not have been use for our offices if the tax incentive wasn’t around,” Wendt said.

The Russo brothers considered shooting in California, but they had trouble finding places that looked like Cleveland locations. Natives of Cleveland, they had their heart set on filming in Northeast Ohio, and fortunately in July, Ohio reversed their decision and extended Cleveland’s film tax credit. Wendt has lofty goals for the future to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“The goal is to try and get it raised to a higher annual amount, up to $100 million,” he said. “For this year, we’re almost tapped out, and we want to have flexibility in case something comes through in the last minute.”

Wendt added that he also hopes to put a longer agreement in place, from the two-year-plan they have now up to five years.

According to his IMdB page, Wendt has been credited with 14 different job titles in the film industry, from acting and writing to being a location scout. He offered advice to Cleveland State students that are majoring in film.

“Embrace the time you have at CSU,” he said. “There’s gonna be a lot of opportunities that’ll come your way. I’ve met with many professors there and spoken at classes and they’re passionate, so don’t ever feel like you’re bothering them if you have a question.”

Wendt also encouraged students to reach out to him personally.

“I’m here at the commission as a resource as well. Lots of time our focus is large-scale productions, but I’ve also had several CSU students hit me up about locations and getting things for their projects, and I’m happy to do that. It’s something I want people to know. We’re here to help, and we just wanna keep seeing the film community grow here, and that includes the Cleveland State film school.”

Wendt has big-time aspirations, as he one day hopes his years of experience as a location scout will make him an attractive choice for a film producer.

If you’re a Cleveland State film student, Wendt is the kind of contact you should take advantage of. You can contact him via email at

New Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Talks Motion Picture Tax Credit

As Evan Miller settles into the role of Greater Cleveland Film Commissioner, Cleveland Magazine sat down with him to discuss what’s next for the Cleveland industry and the GCFC under his leadership.  ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

Originally Published: November 14, 2019
Cleveland Magazine  •  Lee McKinstry

Photo: Michael McElroy

Evan Miller is ready to lead the Commission’s ambitious plan to make filmmaking a permanent Ohio industry.

Evan Miller is taking the spotlight. The new president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission took the helm Aug. 26, after the departure of tax credit pioneer Ivan Schwarz and a contentious debate over extending Ohio’s $40 million motion picture tax credit for another two years. While the credit passed, the persistent, amiable former Los Angeles-based talent agent has announced the Commission’s plans to propose a permanent $100 million tax credit when it expires at the end of 2021. Miller knows skeptics doubt the economic returns of such a measure, but he’s undeterred. “Cleveland has offered competitive tax abatements to drive an industry here knowing that you’re spending money to make money,” says the Orange Village native. “In my mind, this is no different.” We caught up with Miller to peep a preview of Cleveland’s film future.

Cleveland Magazine: You’d like to eventually expand the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit to a permanent, annual $100 million. Why?
Evan Miller: First, thankfully, the tax credit also includes [traveling] theater productions. That loops in our vibrant theater community across the state. But it boils down to, we need to show the Hollywood community and producers that there’s value here. When you get people here to work, they see it in our people, they see it in the cost of living. But initially, these productions want to know how they can save money. If we can offer a competitive tax incentive, we’ll be in position where we don’t have to turn anyone down for that reason. The reality is $40 million doesn’t go very far.

Some states have eliminated tax credits due, supposedly, to lack of return on taxpayer investment. Why is it still important for Ohio to have one?
EM: As we continue to build infrastructure, we look at having long-term stability, which is the goal. You get a series here — I can’t speak to other states’ success — but where you see states like New Mexico and Georgia, they’re successful in not only harnessing people and the incentive, but then also building an infrastructure that made it a lot easier for studios to want to be there.

 Is a series the goal?
EM: The most consistent production is obviously TV, if you have something that shoots 10 to 20 episodes. With over 500 shows produced in the last year, and that number going up, there’s no reason that at least one can’t be here. That creates consistent work over several months. In this business, it tends to snowball. If you get one series here that has a great experience, others want to come. It’s really about creating that long-term production that’s going to keep people in Cleveland working longer and ultimately make them more prosperous.

What does the film industry offer to Cleveland that other industries don’t?
EM: It’s work that ranges from people who are more artistic to people who are contractors. Outside of that very wide net it casts for all different ages, skill sets and experiences, it also tends to be something where you can make more money than a lot of other industries. The money people earn as they get going is very competitive, and can really set people up to be successful, and in turn keep the city successful.

What’s your vision for the Commission?
EM: The mission of this organization is to use the media industry to grow economics and jobs in the city. I think the tax incentive is a great way to accomplish that. [It’s] working with our strategic partners within the city and state to showcase the value of what we’re doing, getting people excited, and then building on the infrastructure that Ivan built, because he’s definitely set up this organization and the state to do well in the future in this industry. We want to pick up that torch and keep running with it.

What are you enjoying most about being back in Cleveland?
EM: Family. And I’m not gonna lie, being back in my sports teams’ town. I got tired of being the visiting fan for so long out in LA. You feel good when you’re not alone walking down the street in a Cleveland Browns shirt.

That’s a Wrap: ‘The Minuteman’

Camera operator Steve Fracol guides Emerson Gahring, 11 of Norwalk while he films Liam Neeson in a scene shot in downtown Wellington. Credit: BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

The Minuteman Set to Wrap Production in Cleveland

Scupltor Media’s action thriller, directed by Robert Lorenz, stars Liam Neeson, seen on-location in and around Cleveland during the last few months.

CLEVELAND, OH – The Minuteman, an action-thriller starring Liam Neeson, is set to wrap production in Cleveland, confirms the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC). Director Robert Lorenz, along with Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz, a Cleveland-native, co-wrote the poignant screenplay about a Vietnam veteran and rancher who safeguards a young Mexican boy as he is chased across the U.S. by cartel assassins.

The cast, in addition to Neeson (Taken, Widows, The Commuter, and Cold Pursuit), features Kathryn Winnick (Vikings) and Juan Pablo Raba (Narcos). Since the production began in September, scenes from The Minuteman were filmed on location in New Mexico and in various Cleveland neighborhoods.

“The city of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission couldn’t have been more accomodating and welcoming,” said Producer Tai Duncan. “We enjoyed our time here and hope to work here again in the future.”

The film was produced by Zero Gravity Management’s Tai Duncan and Mark Williams along with Sculptor Media’s Warren Goz and Eric Gold. Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter also were executive producers on the project.

“The opportunity to have The Minuteman film in Cleveland was unforgettable,” said Evan Miller, Greater Cleveland Film Commission, President. “We demonstrated how Cleveland can rise to the occasion for a large-scale Hollywood production. This remains a critical development component for our local film industry.”

Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo star in AGBO Films and The Hideaway Entertainment’s ‘Cherry’

Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo star in AGBO Films and The Hideaway Entertainment’s ‘Cherry’
To be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

Principal photography set to start in Cleveland this fall.

CLEVELAND, OH – October 3, 2019:  The Hideaway Entertainment and AGBO Films have begun principal photography on ‘Cherry’ starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Ciara Bravo (Wayne and Red Band Society).  Anthony and Joe Russo will direct ‘Cherry,’ making this their first directorial endeavor after their six-year Marvel journey. Based on Nico Walker’s New York Times bestselling novel, ‘Cherry’ is the eponymous story of a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme undiagnosed PTSD, fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks. Additional supporting cast includes Bill Skarsgard (‘IT’), Jack Reynor (‘Midsommar’), Forrest Goodluck (‘The Revenant’), Jeff Wahlberg (‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’), Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce) and Kyle Harvey (‘The After Party’).

‘Cherry’ is produced by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Chris Castaldi and studio president, Mike Larocca under their AGBO Films banner, as well as CEO, Jonathan Gray and President, Matthew Rhodes under their company banner, The Hideaway Entertainment.  Jessica Goldberg (Hulu’s ‘The Path’) has adapted the critically-acclaimed novel, which the New York Times described as a ‘raw, coming-of-age story” and The Guardian called it “exceptional” and “devastating,” and the film is co-written by Angela Otstot (The Shield).  The film will be executive produced by CEO, Todd Makurath and Jake Aust from AGBO and The Hideaway Entertainment’s, Kristy Maurer Grisham and Judd Payne.

“We were drawn to ‘Cherry’ given our personal experience from Cleveland, as well as the important need to share stories like these.  As Cleveland natives ourselves, it means a lot to us to be able to film in our hometown.  We shot the exteriors for ‘Winter Soldier’ here, we are excited to return home to our roots,” said Anthony and Joe Russo.

“We have been fans of the Russo Brothers’ since their first feature film, ‘Pieces’ and are very excited to work with them and AGBO Films on ‘Cherry’, a fantastic story told by two of the greatest storytellers,” said Jonathan Gray and Matthew Rhodes. “I am thrilled to be filming for the first time in the city that I was born and raised, especially with fellow Clevelanders.” added Rhodes. 

“Having just moved back home to Cleveland myself, I’m so excited the Russo Brothers are also coming back to film their next project,” said Evan Miller, the new President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.  “The GCFC worked very closely with the Russo Brothers and their production company AGBO to ensure this Cleveland-based story would be filmed in Cleveland. We are grateful for their continued support of our mission to create jobs and further economic development through the film / media industry.”

The deal was negotiated by AGBO General Counsel Irene Flores and Glenn Feig of Reder & Feig LLP on behalf of AGBO and Lisbeth Savill and Clare Hardwick of Latham & Watkins and Christian Simonds of Reed Smith on behalf of The Hideaway Entertainment.

About AGBO

AGBO, founded by award-winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Todd Makurath, and Mike Larocca, is an artist-led collective focused on creating global content for film, television and digital platforms. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, AGBO focuses on nurturing talent and creating best-in-class family, elevated genre and prestige content. Previously announced projects with the studio include ‘Mosul’ directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan; ‘21 Bridges,’ with STX and Chadwick Boseman; an ‘Untitled Chris Hemsworth Film’ with Netflix.

About The Hideaway Entertainment

The Hideaway Entertainment is a motion picture, television and digital financing and production company based in Beverly Hills, California.  CEO, Jonathan Gray and President, Matthew Rhodes are building a business that supports and protects the creative community. It’s a safe-haven for creatives to thrive while pursuing their vision. The company focuses on director driven and performance driven elevated genre, true-stories, and prestige content. Recently projects for The Hideaway include MILE 22 with STX Entertainment, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL with Sony Pictures and Hemisphere Media Capital, and is currently in post-production on BLOODSHOT with Sony Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures.