Jorva Entertainment Productions, the Beverly Hills-based company that helped to finance and produce Lionsgate’s A Perfect Match (which debuts in theaters tomorrow) has just launched a new film/television finance and production fund that will be involved in various levels of financing. The second film from this fund will be the Rob Reiner-directed Shock and Awe from Castle Rock Entertainment.
Written by Reiner’s LBJ screenwriter Joey Hartstone, the politically-charged project centers around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD’s (weapons of mass destruction) which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and around the world in 2003. The film, which Reiner has had in development for a number of years, is now scheduled for production later this year, thanks to Jorva.
Shock and Awe will mark the second Reiner-helmed film Jorva has partnered with the filmmaker on. Jorva also produced Reiner’s drama Being Charlie which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and is slated for limited release in May 2016.
The Jorva fund is run by its president and CEO Johnson Chan who oversees production and development of the company’s slate of multi-cultural projects. They participate in the financing, producing, and acquisition of films, television series, and digital entertainment with budgets up to $15M for traditional and non-traditional pipelines. They plan to produce a diverse slate — from quirky comedies to art house dramas. Joining Chan in the Los Angeles office will be producers Doug Shaffer, Stephanie Rennie and Tamanna Shah.
The initial project was the aforementioned The Perfect Match, which is an urban romantic drama directed by Bille Woodruff and starring Terrence Jenkins, Cassie Ventura and Paula Patton.
“Jorva is excited to partner with Rob Reiner and Castle Rock on two upcoming projects, which have appeal to audiences worldwide,” said Chan. “We look forward to producing and financing a wide variety of films and television shows that will appeal to multiple demographics.”
The company, founded in 2007, also released the Michael Polish-directed comedy Hot Bot, which debuted exclusively on Netflix this month.