Lionsgate has signed new multiyear agreements with production and acquisitions outfit Grindstone Pictures‘ president and CEO Barry Brooker and principal Stan Wertlieb. The two companies have combined on recent releases like Emmett/Furla pics the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Empire State and the Nic Cage-John Cusack serial killer pic Frozen Ground. The partnership has proved beneficial to both parties, with Grindstone providing mid-level-budget films with strong talent for Lionsgate’s distribution platforms. Grindstone and Lionsgate expanded a slate deal with with Emmett/Furla/Oasis in 2012, and so the next titles in this pipeline include a couple of Bruce Willis vehicles: The Prince starring Willis, Cusack and Jason Patrick, and Vice, starring Willis, Thomas Jane and Ambyr Childers. “[Brooker and Wertlieb] are an important part of the Lionsgate family and a key component of our slate,” Lionsgate co-COO and Motion Picture Group president Steve Beeks said. “We expect them to continue to serve as a reliable source of profitable films featuring world-class talent in the years to come and, as they continue to evolve as a label, we look forward to elevating our Grindstone relationship to the next level.”
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