Canadian TV production and distribution outfit Sullivan Entertainment has launched a feature film division to develop, produce and finance its own productions to be distributed through Sullivan Entertainment International. The division kicks off with The Piano Man's Daughter starring Stockard Channing and Christian Campbell. Whoopi Goldberg is executive producer.
The company, founded in 1979 by Trudy Grant and Kevin Sullivan, plans to produce between two and three films a year in the budget region of $5m to $10m per film. The Piano Man's Daughter which will screen at AFM for the first time is written, produced and directed by Kevin Sullivan. It is a mystical tale of mortality and chance set in Toronto in 1918 and spans four decades; Campbell stars as a young man attempting to help his mother (Channing) destroy the apparitions that control her secret life. Sullivan has its own library of over 400 hours of film and television series including most famously Anne Of Green Gables and Road To Avonlea. It is currently developing co-productions through its offices in London and Shannon, Ireland, as well as developing projects for Kevin Sullivan to produce and direct.
Sullivan also plans to support up-and-coming Canadian film-makers to develop projects under the new feature film division.