Voyager launches

New company to support indies in L.A. co-venture

Voyager Intl. Entertainment, a new entertainment company focusing on providing funding and support for indie projects, has launched in L.A. with satellite offices in Vancouver.

Under the new umbrella, Voyager will co-venture with L.A.-based Aurora Prods. for a new international film sales company, Voyager Film Sales. The new entity will handle international sales for three or four films in 1998, with an additional six to eight in 1999. Company’s interim president is Aurora prexy William Stuart, who exec produced “The Rock.”

Voyager Film Sales has agreed to a multipicture deal with Aurora Prods. and Vancouver-based Blackcomb Prods. Blackcomb is providing Voyager with a television movie entitled “Sun Peaks,” to be filmed in December. Also in the works is “The 9 Circles,” a feature set to lense in Egypt in spring 1999.

Foreign sales sought

Voyager Intl. Entertainment plans to market and sell film projects to foreign distributors, with foreign sales coming out of L.A. and possible deals to extend foreign sales to domestic distribution.

The company has been set up to provide a revolving development fund with up to $500,000 in seed money for Canadian, British and American indie producers who qualify, and will consider projects in any stage of development. Coin is coming from both private and public sources, the public money being earmarked for the company’s operations.

Canada pluses

The company also plans to take advantage of the more cost-effective production advantages that exist in Canada, such as a new tax credit and the favorable U.S.-Canada exchange rate, according to Voyager CEO Nick Meredith, a British financier who produced the Canadian entertainment televison show “Metro Cafe.”

Also working with Meredith in Vancouver is Voyager president Warren Wayne, who has worked in television, docus and commercials in various capacities, including directing, producing and cinematography.