NEW YORK — Dimension Films is getting its musical act together: The studio has inked a first-look deal with music publishing vets Cecil Chambers and Shakir Stewart. The duo will work with Dimension in producing music-driven pics and oversee the pic’s soundtracks.
Partnered through their respective publishing imprints, Windswept Holdings and Hitco Music, Chambers and Stewart have overseen songwriting for such artists as Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Usher, ‘N Sync and Brandy.
Idea for pact is that Chambers and Stewart will use their connections in the music biz to help match emerging and established talent with scripts that they find. The pair said they have already begun developing three script ideas.
“We don’t want it to be a forced situation; we want it to be a natural fit between the music and the film,” Stewart told Daily Variety. “A lot of times people just throw a rapper or a pop star into a film, and there’s no meaning to it.”
Chambers and Stewart also expect to contribute their musical expertise to other projects at Dimension and its parent, Miramax. They, in turn, will tap the creative and technical expertise within the studio for their projects.
Senior exec VP Michael Helfant and senior veep of business and legal affairs Andrew Gumpert introduced Chambers and Stewart to Dimension. Director of business and legal affairs Sarah Sesnovich and Gumpert negotiated pact on behalf of the studio.
Chris Nassif of Diverse Talent Group and Peter Lopez of Kleinberg Lopez Lange Brisbin & Cuddy negotiated on behalf of Chambers and Stewart.