Picture Machine, Tom Sawyer execs ramp up in management and production
Picture Machine principals Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro and Mauricio Betancur are teaming with Jesse Hara and Rachel Miller of Tom Sawyer Entertainment to form Haven Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based management and production company.Mann and Perniciaro will oversee production for all of Haven’s projects, while Hara and Miller will oversee the management division. Betancur will spearhead all branding and merchandising business ventures. Also joining the team as head of international affairs is manager Carlos Bobadilla, who is bringing his roster of clients and will focus on expanding the company’s presence overseas. Haven has an internal development and production fund that it will use to acquire properties, along with providing financing and finishing funds for independent projects. While Haven is starting with a primary focus on literary representation, it aims to expand into talent representation in the near future. “This is a step that we have discussed for quite some time,” said Perniciaro. “We are taking full advantage of this opportunity to create a production and management company that focuses on developing industry-changing and groundbreaking content from start to finish”. “Jesse and I are thrilled to be partnering with such a smart and creative team who share our passion for fulfilling client needs, forging enduring relationships and delivering innovative work,” added Miller. Haven is currently in production on “Milius,” a documentary from directors Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa about the life of filmmaker John Milius, as well as Dylan Narang’s indie “I Want You I Need,” which will shoot this fall. Pics in pre-production include Susanna Fogel’s “It Is What It Is” and Kyle Wilamowski’s “Grass Stains,” which is currently casting. Having recently premiered the doc “A Band Called Death” at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Haven is now in final negotiations to secure distribution for the film in 2013. Other upcoming pics include the Henry Cavill-Bruce Willis thriller “The Cold Light of Day,” which Summit/Lionsgate will release on Sept. 7, as well as Josh Radnor’s Sundance pic “Liberal Arts,” which IFC Films opens Sept. 14. Haven is also active in television and branded digital content, having recently produced the web series “Finding Susan Glenn,” written and directed by its star Max Greenfield (“New Girl”). Haven is also attached to produce the untitled Jenni Ross project for MTV.