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Payne launches Traverse Media

Errors Of The Human Body producer Cole Payne has launched the Los Angeles-based film and television production, distribution and talent management company. 

Management executive Jeremy Loethen, current head of the talent management department for Payne’s Interactor Media, will be a partner in the new venture. 

The company has signed Zackary Adler to direct Casual Encounters, which is set to commence shooting this month in Los Angeles and will centre on a man who is persuaded to start online dating after an embarrassing public break-up. Erik Steinmetz and Sebastian J Michael wrote the screenplay and Payne will produce.

Traverse will distribute its first film Sugar, a recent acquisition from the Cinema At The Edge film festival. Rotimi Rainwater wrote and directed and Ari Palitz and Erin Ward produced the tale of a homeless girl with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Comedy Central Workaholics co-creator Conner Pritchard and author of the three-part sci-fi book series The Rho Agenda Richard Phillips have joined the talent management operation.

“As our name suggests, our agenda is to bridge the different facets of the motion picture industry as well as between content creator and consumer,” said Payne, whose producing credits include Sundance 208 entry Downloading Nancy.

Traverse currently has several films in VoD and digital release including How To Steal 2 Million and documentary American Carny.

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