Sales and marketing veteran Chris Bialek has teamed up with Stefan Jonas, co-founder of Germany's post-production facility Das Werk, to form 310 Entertainment, a new independent production and financing outfit with bases in Los Angeles and Munich and plans to make both live action and animated films and TV series.
The company claims to have a production fund of $200m for its debut slate and says that due to its international composition, it is well-positioned to set up co-productions with US, Canadian and European partners. Das Werk is publicly traded on Germany's Neuer Markt stock exchange.
The company's lineup includes:Rave Macbeth, a retelling of Macbeth against the Munich rave scene which was shot on Sony HD 24P camera and will be available in digital and 35mm formats. Already in post-production, the film was directed by Klaus Knoesel, produced by Stefan Jonas and Silvio Astarita and Seijin Ki of Canada's Falcon. The movie stars Kirk Baltz, Michael Rosenbaum, Nicki Lynn Aycox and Marguerite Moreau.Sexual Healing, the true story of Marvin Gaye's life of pleasure in Berlin in the early 1980s which will be produced by Rudy Langlais, Jeremiah Chechik (director of The Avengers and Diabolique) and Jeffrey Klein.Through their company Nightrain, Langlais and Chechik are also partnered with Klein in two further films for 310: The Last Vampire scripted by Christopher Pike and Puerto Vallarta Squeeze based on the novel by Robert James Waller (The Bridges Of Madison County) and to be co-produced with Leah Hanes.Light Speed is a sci-fi thriller being produced by Jeffrey Konvitz (Spy Hard) and Sidney Schwartz and written by KJ Stevens; it is the story of the pursuit of a theoretical physicist, ex-KGB agent and a CNN reporter to the very throne of God.Michael Coldewey (The Fearless Four) is set to direct and produce Moby Dick 1939, an action-adventure about a woman out to kill the whale that is wreaking havoc on whaling fleets. Coldewey is the head of Trixter, the animated production arm of Das Werk.Screenwriter Michael Alexander Miller has written both The Reckoning, a "Shakespearian thriller" and Once A Hero, a biopic of Audie Murphy, for 310. Both are in development under 310 vice president John Vista Neis.
Bialek has held key marketing and sales positions on the international scene at companies including Kings Road Entertainment, Carolco Pictures, Inter-Ocean Film Sales, Quadra Entertainment and The Movie Group. 310 will make its market debut at the London Screenings, followed by MIFED.