Banner exits talent biz to focus on pix

NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday.

As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains a principal. Bob Berney heads Banner’s distribution division, Matt Freeman is in charge of production and Eric Suddleson is running the company’s business operations.

Liddell told Daily Variety Banner’s investors have determined the company’s growth potential lies in feature production and distribution, not talent management. The company plans to produce four to five features in the $2 million-$6 million range and to acquire approximately the same number of pics annually, Liddell said.

Banner’s first release, “Telling Lies in America,” is now in theaters. Being readied are Banner productions “Under Heaven” and “Delivered” and the newly acquired “The Climb.” The company also is in pre-production on “Go” and has several projects in development.

More Biz

  • Richard Simmons

    Prosecutors Charge Private Eye With Illegal Spying on Richard Simmons

    NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday. As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains […]

  • Lionsgate General Counsel Left Amid Allegations

    Lionsgate General Counsel Left Amid Allegations of Sexual Abuse

    NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday. As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains […]

  • 'Hammerhead' Takes Top Honors at New

    'Hammerhead' Takes Top Honors at New York Television Festival

    NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday. As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains […]

  • Radiohead Coachella

    Radiohead Demands Answers in Drum Technician's Death

    NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday. As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains […]

  • Kevin Durant LeBron James

    Kevin Durant Praises LeBron James' Lakers Move

    NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday. As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains […]

  • Kevin Durant Rich Kleiman

    Kevin Durant Shares His Media Biz Playbook at Variety Sports & Entertainment Breakfast

    NEW YORK — Banner Entertainment is exiting the talent management business to focus on producing, acquiring and distributing low-budget films, the company said Monday. As part of the shift, partner Brian Swardstrom is leaving Banner, which remains at its Sunset Blvd. offices in L.A. Mickey Liddell, who founded the company with Swardstrom in 1994, remains […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content