Intermedia pulls Trigger

Spacey prod'n co. taken under financing wing

Intermedia has added Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Prods. to its stable of producers, staking the company to a first-look deal. The relationship resulted from Intermedia’s involvement in the upcoming Spacey starrer “K-Pax” for Universal.

Spacey said he expects to put several projects in development quickly.

“Trigger Street is dedicated to being innovative in discovering and creating unique material in an environment of action, integrity and vision,” Spacey said in a statement, adding that he’ll be hatching both mainstream and low-budget fare.

While the actor has been thesping up a storm — he followed “K-Pax” with the currently shooting “The Shipping News” — his Trigger Street banner has quietly emerged as a player in independent film and on the stage.

On the feature front, Trigger Street produced the John Swanbeck-directed “The Big Kahuna,” which Lions Gate Films bowed at last year’s Cannes fest, with Spacey, Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli starring.

Trigger Street also paired with London’s Almeida Theatre Co. to produce the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.” The play, which starred Spacey, moved from London’s Old Vic to Broadway. Trigger Street also produced the Off Broadway play “Cobb.”

Spacey’s WMA reps and manager Joanne Horowitz sealed the Intermedia deal. Intermedia co-chairman Nigel Sinclair called Spacey “an inspirational talent and a very practical producer.”

The financing and production company, run by Sinclair, Guy East and Moritz Borman, has quickly become a prolific player, recently backing such films as the Harrison Ford starrer “K-19: The Widowmaker” and the Kurt Russell topliner “The Plague Season.”

“Our international distributors are the backbone of the independent film movement. They are the lifeblood of our industry,” East said at a luncheon that followed the SRO reception for its promo reel at the Cannes Film Festival last week.