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Telesis Prods. enters into development partnership

Telesis Prods. enters into development partnership

Metro Orlando Film and Television Commission and the Osceola County Commissioners have entered into a partnership program with Telesis Productions to develop, market and produce film and TV.

Telesis, established in Osceola County, has the potential to advance the Orlando region’s film and television infrastructure by developing a vendor support base for manufacturing and an educated workforce.

“This initiative represents a dynamic partnership between local government and the film and television industry,” said Telesis prexy Wayne Morris, whose definition of his company’s moniker is “progress intelligently planned.”

Morris developed a formula for reducing costs and producing a quality product by negotiating marketing deals with vendors, labor, facilities and government offices that don’t usually do marketing deals. As a result, he has produced the one-hour “Mortal Kombat” TV series for $850,000 per episode, less than the cost for New Line Cinema to produce it in New Zealand.

Another factor for keeping costs in line is not skimping on costs to hire the best crew to get the best product.

Morris credits Metro Orlando Film and Television Commission’s sr. VP Katherine Ramsberger for opening community doors as well as partnerships with Disney/MGM Studios, Eastman Kodak, Panavision and Hollywood Rentals.

In twelve years, the Commission’s efforts have grown the area’s film and TV production revenue from $2.5 million to $402 million.

Ramsberger attributes this to the four-county area’s abundance of film and video production companies and post-production facilities, as well as the 12 state-of-the-art soundstages and backlots available at Disney-MGM and Universal Studios, Florida, where Nickelodeon Studios is headquartered.

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Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn bestowed his state’s appreciation on Patricia Green, producer of Total Film Group’s upcoming Miramax release, “Diamonds,” at the 16th Annual Governor’s Industry Appreciation Luncheon.

Guinn honored Green with Nevada’s Motion Picture Award in recognition of her part in the production, which was filmed almost completely on locations in Nevada. The ceremony took place Oct. 20 in Reno.

“Diamonds,” starring Kirk Douglas, Dan Aykroyd, Corbin Allred and Lauren Bacall, is a Total Film Group/Cinerenta Production directed by John Asher and exec produced by Gerald Green. Pic is skedded for a December release.

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Robin Dawson, Director of the Massachusetts Film Office (MFO), announced Jon West of Eugene, Ore., winner of MFO’s Sixth Annual Screenwriting Competition for his script “Henry David Thoreau.” West’s script tells the story of Thoreau, a Harvard grad who shocked 19th century New England by living simply, loving nature and defending racial equality. .

West, a graduate of the Univ. of Oregon Film School, was awarded $2,500, a round-trip two-night stay in L.A.’s Beverly Hills Hotel, as well as assistance from the MFO in scheduling meetings with studio and production execs.

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