EXCLUSIVE: Production and management company Community Entertainment has secured $45 million in financing that will be used in gap, bridge and matching financing for its film and television projects. The LA-based company currently has three film and three television projects in development. Alex D’Andrea, founder and president Community Entertainment told Deadline from Berlin the company is shopping its titles Chastity, Molineaux and Uncle Roy at the Berlinale where it has “letters of intent” from “top line” U.S. distributors. D’Andrea said Community Entertainment is eyeing developing four feature and four television projects per year with the money it secured from Elite Jet Global Aviation Ltd and a Pittsburgh-based steel company. CE also announced Elite Jet’s Chris Martin will form a “working partnership” with the company.
“We’re looking for projects that have a strong narrative. I think we’ve lost that in our industry,” D’Andrea told Deadline. “Today if someone pitched a Casablanca, they’d probably say ‘no’.” D’Andrea added CE will seek stories across genre that are “certain to cause a stir.”
CE’s Chastity centers on a daughter of a Christian fundamentalist minister who falls for an unlikely outsider. Molineaux follows a freed slave who deals with personal struggles preventing him from succeeding as the first American black knuckle boxer. And Uncle Boxer revolves around a tender yet degenerate alcoholic who babysits his uptight yuppie sister’s kids. Television project Benjamin Franklin: An American Life is a mini-series based on a biography by author Walter Isaacson. The Royal Touch is a reality show that transforms weddings and The Last Guardian stars William Baldwin in a story about an ordinary man who stands in the way of aliens invading earth. CE is represented by David Saunders at Agency for the Performing Arts. Their legal firm is Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Mitchell.
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