Producer-director James Burke and producer Scott Disharoon have teamed up to form entitled entertainment an L.A.-based development and production company. Company, bankrolled by a private New York investment group, has secured $5 million in startup funds from the New York group and investment to fully finance two to three films per year in the $5 million-$10 million range. Pics developed over the $10 million range will be financed in conjunction with co-production partners.
First project to be made at the company will be “Legacies,” penned by John Bishop (“Drop Zone,” “The Package”). The contemporary film noir follows the investigation of a double murder that uncovers damaging truths hidden in the fabric of a small Mid-western town. Burke will direct pic, which is expected to start shooting in April. Entitled will produce.
Company is also expected to shoot “Ice Cream Blonde,” from Joyce Brubaker’s script, next year. Pic tells the story of the actress Thelma Todd as she maneuvers through the dark and corrupt Hollywood of the 1930s with the help of a stalwart cop bent on saving her. As yet no director is attached, and company is also expected to seek a production partner on project.
Burke and Disharoon are also expected to open a small New York office and will hire a creative exec to be a Gotham book and literary scout for the company.
The pair, who previously teamed earlier this year when Disharoon produced two Burke-directed plays in Los Angeles, intend to keep the company small.
“Our mandate is to keep most of our films around the $5 million-$10 million mark, to attract name actors and good quality scripts while downsizing the risk to our investors,” said Burke.
“We both had our own companies before teaming up to form entitled, and we found that we like the same kinds of movies and have the same taste, so it seemed a natural to do this together,” added Disharoon.
Burke made his feature debut with “In Dark Places” for HBO in 1998 and launched his production company Stonelock Pictures. Stonelock is in post on its second feature “The Spreading Ground,” starring Dennis Hopper and Frederic Forrest. Burke recently served as exec producer on “13 Conversations About One Thing,” starring Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Amy Irving and Alan Arkin, to be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics next year. Burke’s short film “Borderline” won prizes at the Charleston World Fest and the Houston Film Festival.
Disharoon has produced over 20 plays, including the Drama-Logue award winner “He Who Gets Slapped,” “Angels Twice Descending,” “Elektra” and the West Coast premieres of Lee Blessing’s “Down the Road,” “Burn This” and the world premiere of David Stevens’ “The Sum of Us,” which he co-produced. Feature credits include “Critics” and the upcoming “Cold Sweat.”