Fresh off another boffo “High School Musical” installment, T&C Pictures will hit AFM with a new international sales division and the ability to bring equity to films it gets involved with.
The production and financing company, founded by “High School Musical” franchise producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush along with prexy Arata Matsushima, is backed by Tokyo-based T&C Holdings.
Shingle plans to finance and produce three films a year in the $5 million to $10 million budget range. The focus will be on family films, in step with Borden and Rosenbush’s “Musical” oeuvre.
New division T&C Intl., headed by former Katapult Film Sales exec David Jourdan, will also take on third-party product for foreign sales. Already on T&C Intl.’s roster for AFM is an adaptation of Craig Spector’s slasher novel “Animals, produced by Anonymous Content and starring Naveen Andrews (“Lost”). Also on its slate for AFM is T&C and Sony-produced “Lock & Roll,” about a Japanese all-girl band that comes to America, starring Lucas Gabreel (all three “High School Musical” pics), and Stacy Peralta’s “Made in America,” a docu about the rise of gangs in Los Angeles.
“I don’t want to put limitations on what we’ll handle,” says Jourdan, who adds that he’ll look at cast-driven, commercial pictures of no particular genre.