Joint venture puts Energy into pic plan

Co. launches Energy Independent

Management company Energy Entertainment has launched Energy Independent, with an eye toward developing, financing and producing two to four features per year.

Energy Independent is a joint venture between Energy owner Brooklyn Weaver and SkyRock Venture, a financing and distribution company. Skyrock was founded by Paul Rock and Sameera Eligeti, who lead a consortium of high net worth investors.

Venture takes a “quality” over quantity” approach, with clients becoming producing partners.

First up is “Picture Book,” a supernatural thriller written by Ben Magid (“Thirteen”) with Alexis Wajsbrot & Damien Mace (“Red Balloon”) attached to direct. Weaver is producing, with Rock and Eligeti exec producing alongside Magid.

“Picture Book” centers on the mysterious happenings in the mansion of a famous children’s author. The story is reminiscent of 2001’s “The Others,” with a supernatural twist.

Energy Independent is also negotiating several filmmaker deals, with two expected to be consummated in the next 30 days.

Deal was brokered by the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group. Energy is producing found-footage project “Thirteen,” which Universal bought pre-emptively last month and set up with U-based Strike Entertainment. WME and Energy also teamed last month’s spec sale of scribe Brad Ingelsby’s actioner “Run All Night” to Warner Bros. in a pre-emptive deal.

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