Indie production co. created by 'The Fighter' writer
Berkeley Square Films, a new indie production, finance and sales entity, has launched in the U.K.The outfit was created by L.A.-based writer-producer-director Paul Tamasy (“The Fighter,” “Air Bud”), independent film producer and financier Daniel Figuero (“The Bunker”), and London/Hong-Kong based venture capitalists Justin Howard, Stephen Metcalfe and John Tibbs. Mark Hamill — best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars” — will sit on the board of directors and have substantial creative involvement in the company’s slate, which will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival next month. BSF will focus on producing commercial indie pics with budgets of $7 million or below. Hamill is currently directing an adaptation of his comic book, “The Black Pearl,” which could be one of the pics on the BSF slate. BSF is launching a share offer in the U.K., supported by a hedge fund and high net worth individuals and will look for potential co-production and funding partners to support the venture. “We will make sure we transfer a majority of our budgets to the screen, breaking away from the hugely inefficient studio model with its inherent overhead requirements,” BSF’s partners said in a statement. The company is also planning to launch a sales and marketing operation which will handle third party projects in need of international representation in addition to its own product.