Nick Meyer, Brett Ratner launch new co.

Duo partner for White Knuckle Pictures

Veteran indie exec Nick Meyer and filmmaker Brett Ratner are white-knuckling it.

Duo announced Thursday they are teaming to launch White Knuckle Pictures, where they will develop, produce, finance and handle distribution for a slate of moderately budgeted actioners and thrillers.

Meyer’s foreign sales company Sierra Pictures will handle all sales.

“I love the idea of pairing Nick’s business savvy and clout in the international marketplace with inspired, passionate filmmakers to help them create the kind of rousing and original movies that people want to see,” says Ratner.

Meyer said Ratner has “incredible commercial taste and is a great talent, as well as a magnet for talent.”

Meyer founded Sierra last year after ankling as president of Paramount Vantage, which was in the process of shutting down. He was previously the president of Lionsgate Intl.

Ratner and Meyer met through Darren Bousman’s “Mother’s Day” remake, which Ratner is producing. Sierra, which handles foreign sales on Sidney Kimmel titles, is repping “Mother’s Day.”

Meyer’s firm also is the exclusive agent for Incentive Filmed Entertainment, launched several years ago by Screen Capital Intl. and then-William Morris Agency with a $100 million fund.

Incentive coin may be used finance White Knuckle titles. Meyer and Ratner want to keep budgets in the $20 million to $50 million range.

Ratner’s next directing project is “Tower Heist” for Imagine Entertainment and Universal. He’s also exec producing Sundance hit docu “Catfish” for Rogue Pictures, and producing “Horrible Bosses” for New Line.

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