Sandi Richter’s producing outfit Sapphire Entertainment has opened an L.A. office and appointed Carrie Gadsby as director of development.
Vancouver-based Richter plans to offer Sapphire as a full-service production company, able to take advantage of Canadian and British Columbian tax-credit programs and government incentives offered to Canuck producers.
L.A.-based Gadsby will oversee development of Sapphire’s feature slate. Its projects include the romantic comedy “All the Wrong Places,” written by Lisa Beth Kovetz; the action thriller “The Chameleon Project,” written by Michael Rhodes; and the espionage thriller “Cut-Out,” which scribe Robert Garland (“No Way Out”) is in talks to adapt.
“As a BC company,” Richter said, “we are able to service American productions, passing along not only the tax and foreign-exchange savings but also the benefits of our relationships with local talent, unions and suppliers.”Richter’s producing credits include the actioner “Man with a Gun,” starring Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tilly and Gary Busey.
Gadsby previously served as a development exec at Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment. Prior to that, she was director of development and acquisitions for Vancouver-based North American Releasing.