Big Screen Entertainment Group (BSEG) has entered a joint venture with Florida production companies Five Star Pictures for the primary purpose of producing feature films in Florida.

Over the coming weeks, BSEG and Five Star will be announcing specifics regarding their partnership, which includes over a dozen film projects, most with A-list writers, actors and directors.

'This venture promises to catapult both Big Screen and Five Star to the forefront of independent filmmaking,' BSEG CEO Kimberley Kates said in a statement released to the press.

'What makes this venture viable is the melding of our two companies, bringing the contacts and experience of Hollywood, CA based Big Screen, together with Five Star,' BSEG senier VP Michael Manasseri said in the statement. 'Five Star's 30,000 square-foot production facility in Florida gives Big Screen an impressive base of operations in the state; similarly, Five Star is excited about working from our production offices here on the Paramount Studios lot.'

BSEG develops, produces, purchases, exhibits and distributes products in all media formats, including motion pictures, television and video games. The company has signed a multiple-project deal with William Shatner, the first of which, a documentary titled Gonzo Ballet, is due out this spring. BSEG's mystery The Mirror is in competition at the Fantasporto Fantasy Film Festival in Oporto, Portugal later this month.

Over the past 15 years, Five Star has created hundreds of hours of nationally broadcast, award winning television. The company's programs have aired on the ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Discovery Networks and Lifetime, among others. Five Star also produces commercials, infomercials and corporate films, all in-house, utilizing its facilities in Boca Raton.