Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has hired former Millennium Entertainment head of business affairs Craig Gates as VP Business & Legal Affairs, Worldwide Distribution. He had been a consultant the past few months and already has sealed deals for the film and TV outfit, recently helping acquire international rights to the Ridley Scott-produced PBS television series Mercy Street and co-financing the feature Go With Me starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles. Now that he’s on board he will handle day-to-day operations for the company’s acquisition, distribution and sales activities and work alongside Electric COO and Chief Legal Officer Rebecca Rising and International Distribution head Sonia Mehandjiyska.
At Millennium, Gates was head of Business Affairs and worked on such films as Fading Gigolo, Elsa & Fred, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (also with Hopkins), Parkland and Charlie Countryman.
Electric also just wrapped production on Warner Bros.’ Geostorm, which marks Devlin’s feature directorial debut and is scheduled to open on October 21, 2016.
Tyler Ross (The Killing) has joined Sons Of Anarchy‘s Kim Coates atop the cast list for Officer Downe, the indie film adapted from Joe Casey and Chris Burnham’s graphic novel from Image Comics’ Man of Action imprint. Ross will play Officer Gable opposite Coates. Also joining the cast are Lauren Velez (Dexter) as Police Chief Berringer, and Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly) and Bruno Gunn (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will portray Officers Carter and Fritch.
Officer Downe is being directed and produced by Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan from a script by Casey. Also producing are Man of Action Entertainment, Skip Williamson, Mark Neveldine, Cole Payne and Cory Brennan. Voltage Pictures is repping the film internationally.
Officer Downe tells the story of an LA supercop routinely killed in the line of duty, but who is repeatedly resurrected and sent back out onto the streets. The film marks Crahan’s feature directorial debut.