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Toronto: Emmett/Furla Celebrates 15th Anniversary

After 15 years with credits on more than 70 films, Randall Emmett admitted that he and partner George Furla have gotten to a cool place in Hollywood.

“That’s one of the biggest changes from when George and I started,” he mused Sept. 8 at a Variety-sponsored bash at Storys in Toronto during the fourth day of the Toronto Film Festival, marking the 15th anniversary of Emmett/Furla.

“When I started out, you were really an outsider if you were financing independent films,” Emmett noted. “I think what we do is viewed as a much cooler thing now. Look at ‘2 Guns’ and ‘Lone Survivor.'”

Emmett began working with Mark Wahlberg in the late 1990s. He and Furla have credits on more than 70 films and have become a powerhouse in the indie financing world. “2 Guns,” starring Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, has taken in $72 million since it opened.

Guests included Lionsgate-Summit’s Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger, Erik Feig, and Avi Lerner.

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