‘Road’ leads to New Line

Short End staff all alumni of co.

NEW YORK — New Line Television believes in loyalty to its employees.

The company has sold a simultaneous pay TV run of a feature-length indie psychological thriller called “The Road From Erebus” to HBO and Starz Encore.

What’s unusual about the deal is that the four principals in Short End Prods., the company set up to make the movie, all met while toiling in the trenches at New Line Cinema.

David Sporn, who created Short End, is the director of “Erebus. Sporn is working with another New Line veteran Jeffrey Reddick on a horror project called “The Piper.” Their partners in Short End, Brett Leitner and Ovi Vitas, also worked at New Line.

HBO and Starz Encore were logical outlets for “Erebus,” which will get its world premiere on pay TV because HBO is a sister company of New Line, and Starz Encore has an output deal with New Line for all of theatrical releases.

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