EXCLUSIVE: Movie market regulars and genre aficionados Greg Newman (Catfight), Travis Stevens (Buster Mal’s Heart) and Giles Edwards are launching film and TV genre production company Queensbury Pictures here in Cannes.
Edwards was formerly Head Of Acquisitions at UK distributor Metrodome, producer Travis Stevens has his own production banner Snowfort Pictures and Greg Newman is Executive Vice President of U.S. genre producer-distributor Dark Sky Films. Stevens will now realign away from Snowfort under whose name he also made movies such as Jodorowsky’s Dune and Mohawk.
Queensbury movies will be supported by Dark Sky parent company MPI Media Group and the firm will operate out of Los Angeles, Chicago and London. Edwards continues to serve as Head of Acquisitions and Development, Europe, for MPI.
The new company’s initial slate comprises: Demon, a reimagining of the well-traveled Polish festival title of the same name, to be written and directed by Michael Thelin (Emelie); Broadcast Signal Intrusion, a conspiracy thriller based on an original screenplay from emerging Brit writers and to be directed by Jacob Gentry (The Signal); and The Girl in the Third Floor Window, the writing and directing debut of Queensbury partner Stevens — the project is being referred to as a factually based horror film.
Also on the slate are Red Cloud, a U.S. horror from writer-director Chris Sivertson (Heartthrob) and producer Michael Moran of MarVista Entertainment (Bitch); Gas & Ammo, drawn from the extreme motor sport scene, this long form series is written by Erik Bergquist (The Fast And The Furious); and A Slow Cooked Heart, Can Evrenol’s (Baskin) neo-giallo short form digital detective series set at a remote elite culinary school.
“Bold filmmaking, world-class storytelling, truly unique projects that drive the conversation among audiences, buyers and festivals for the next decade – these will become the hallmarks of Queensbury Pictures,” said Giles Edwards.
Greg Newman commented, “Queensbury Pictures will function as a genuine invested production partner, and in-house production entity serving the content needs of our customers.
Stevens added, “In a changing marketplace, Queensbury is uniquely positioned to take stories from concept through development, financing, production and release on whatever platform serves the story and the storyteller best. We’re an integrated company capable of taking a film from inception to exhibition, all under one roof.”