Firm features minorities

Frontline 2000 forges minority talent roster

Hollywood management company Caldera/De Fanti and former Relativity Records A&R exec A.J. Pavel have joined forces to forge a new film, television and music management company, Frontline 2000.

Under the terms of the deal, former Walt Disney Studios development exec Carolyn Caldera and former Columbia Pictures/Triumph Films exec Jean Luc De Fanti will join with Pavel to jointly manage clients that include writers, helmers, thesps and musicians.

Already, Frontline 2000 is in advanced talks with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope to co-produce an untitled Jennifer Lopez pic. Client helmer Luis Valdez (“La Bamba,” TV pic “The Cisco Kid”) is attached. Pic will be co-produced with Paul Rodriquez and Scott Montoya.

Caldera/De Fanti Entertainment has been in existence for more than a year, and is also developing and packaging the following projects:

  • “Hector Lavoe,” a pic about the legendary salsa musician, to be helmed by client J.C. Barros and scripted by Frontline 2000 client Jorge Reyes.

  • “Low Rider,” a pic about the trademark street racers of the barrio and the kids who drive them. Pic is to be directed by client Nancy De Los Santos and begins lensing in L.A. in November.

  • Rapper Dru Down, currently signed to the Ruthless/Loud labels, has signed on to be repped in all areas. His sophomore album “Gangsta Pimpin'” is to be released later this year.

Frontline 2000’s goal, according to Caldera, is to mine the incredibly lucrative $300 billion Latino and minority markets while representing a diverse roster of talent.

Frontline 2000 also plans to produce and distribute albums under its own label. “There will be a lot of crossover,” said Pavel. “If people want to come to us saying ‘Hey, we need a hot Latina actress,’ that’s fine. But I see us managing and guiding all kinds of people.”