Mark Hamill, star of the original Star Wars, has become a founding board member of Berkeley Square Films.
Berkeley Square is about to go out to the market and raise money through an investor share offer. Nobody from BSF was available to tell me how much it wants to raise, nor how the company plans to go about it. Which is pretty odd given it’s the day they’ve put out a press release. Daniel Figuero, one of Berkeley Square’s directors, is one name I do recognise though. Figuero was involved in several low-budget British films in the 90s including An Ideal Husband and The Scarlet Tunic that raised money through the Enterprise Investment Scheme. So I guess that’s what Berkeley Square will be trying to do too.
The company plans to make movies budgeted up to $7 million. William Morris Endeavor agent Graham Taylor will be packaging BSF projects. As to what these projects are, all will be revealed during the Cannes Film Festival apparently – although there’s been chatter that one will be an adaptation of Hamill’s own comic book creation, The Black Pearl.
BSF is also planning to launch its own sales agency, which will handle other people’s projects too.
The idea is that the creatives will be based in Los Angeles, with London handling the financial side. Other board members include Paul Tamasy, a Los Angeles-based multi-hyphenate who created the Air Bud franchise for Disney; Stephen Metcalfe, former co-head of equity capital markets for Asia Pacific at investment bank Nomura International; Justin Howard, ex co-manager of equity fund Charterhouse Investments (Hong Kong); and business entrepreneur John Tibbs. Let’s hope the Force is with them.