TicTock Taps DePree, Announces Partnership with Luminair Media

Pact aims to bring more production to Michigan

Chicago-based Luminair Media has tapped TicTock Studios topper Hopwood DePree XIV as its new president as part of a new partnership between the two Midwestern production companies.

The pact aims to give Luminair more of a presence in Los Angeles and drive more business to Michigan-based TicTock.

DePree, who recently produced Dustin Lance Black’s semi-autobiographical feature “Virginia,” will spend most of his time in Los Angeles scouting projects and financing for the two companies. Luminair and TicTock are eyeing a small handful of television and film projects, and could finance pictures with budgets up to $10 million. The pair also hope to come on board larger-budgeted fair with third parties to help with financing and production.

“We’re both Midwestern-based companies but functioning in L.A.,” DePree said. “It just makes sense to (work together) and try to bring more production to the Midwest.”

DePree is actively tied to Michigan’s film industry, which has struggled from cuts to the state’s generous tax incentives in recent years. Those incentives had boosted the local infrastructure and encouraged a number of production companies to base themselves in the state.

DePree, who will split his time between Los Angeles and Chicago as part of the new venture with Luminair, also serves as an adviser to the Governor’s office to help build the state’s film industry.

DePree’s other credits include producing “Tug” starring Sam Huntington and Haylie Duff, and “The Last Big Attraction,” which he directed and starred in.

With more than 30 years of production experience, Luminair is highly active in the branded content space for a number of Chicago-based companies. Clients include Starz, Disney and PBS, according to the company’s website.

Popular on Variety

More News

  • Garin Nugroho film "Memories of my

    Indonesia Selects Controversial 'Memories' as Oscar Contender

    “Memories of my Body” directed by Garin Nugroho has been selected to represent Indonesia at the Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category. The announcement was made on Tuesday by actress Christine Hakim representing the Indonesian Film Selection Committee. The fact-based film depicts the story of a young man from a dance troupe that [...]

  • U2, Seattle 14 May 2017

    U2 to Finish 'Joshua Tree' 2019 Tour With Band's First Gig in India

    U2 is wrapping up its 2019 “The Joshua Tree” tour with a concert at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, on Dec. 15 – the first time the group will have performed in India. The newly added date comes at the end of an Asia-Pacific tour that was announced months ago. The tour is a continuation of [...]

  • THE BACHELORETTE - "The Bachelorette: Season

    'The Bachelor': ABC Announces Leading Man For Season 24

    ABC has cast its next leading man for Season 24 of “The Bachelor.” Peter Weber has officially been named the upcoming “Bachelor.” The announcement was made Tuesday night on ABC’s “Bachelor In Paradise” reunion special. Weber appeared on Season 15 of “The Bachelorette” with Hannah Brown, ultimately becoming the second runner-up. He was a fan-favorite [...]

  • SEAL TEAM stars David Boreanaz (left),

    Showrunner John Glenn Exits 'SEAL Team' at CBS

    CBS is cutting ties with “SEAL Team” showrunner John Glenn, Variety has confirmed. Glenn joined the show for its second season, which premiered in October of last year. Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also executive produced. “Regarding ‘SEAL Team,’ I am proud of the work we did – and greatly enjoyed having the chance to [...]

  • Podium Publishing Taps Scott P. Dickey

    Podium Publishing Taps Scott P. Dickey as Chief Executive Officer

    Independent audiobook publisher Podium Publishing has selected veteran media executive Scott P. Dickey as chief executive officer. Greg Lawrence, former CEO and co-founder,  remains as Podium’s publisher and a member of the board of directors. As CEO, Dickey will set and implement the day-to-day and long-term marketing, production and business strategy for the company as [...]

  • President Donald Trump waves as he

    Trump Holds Fundraiser in Hollywood's Backyard

    President Trump paid a visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, as part of a West Coast fundraising swing expected to raise $15 million. Trump is set to appear at a dinner at developer Geoffrey Palmer’s house in Beverly Hills, where tickets range from $1,000 to $100,000 for VIPs. Though set in Hollywood’s backyard, the event [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content