Scout Announces Filmmaking Partnership with Cineatlantica Media
(July 19, 2001)
Scout announced a filmmaking partnership with CineAtlantica Media, and New Media partnerships with iVAST and Soup2Nuts, all part of a major restructuring of the company into three divisions.
After producing feature films and a television series under their original moniker Scout Productions (including the upcoming Brad Anderson's "Session 9" for USA Films and "Errol Morris' First Person" for the Independent Film Channel) Scout is now creating three separate arms within their company.
Scout's divisions are:
Scout Productions will continue their traditional feature film and television productions. Scout's next project is "Nightfall," an original thriller by famed suspense writer Dennis Lehane (two of his novels have been optioned by Clint Eastwood/Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures), with John Pogue (executive producer, "The Fast and the Furious") attached to direct. They have also struck a financing partnership with the German-based CineAtlantica Media. CineAtlantica, founded by producer Otto Grokenberger ("Stranger Than Paradise") and film executive Matthias Peipp (Helkon Media), looks to produce 4-6 feature films a year, with budgets in the 3-15 million dollar range.
Frontier, Scout's recently launched New Media division will produce and deliver premiere interactive content for narrowband, broadband, interactive television and wireless markets. It will offer an array of digital services including: 2D animation through a unique creative alliance with Soup2Nuts (a division of Tom Snyder Productions, producers of "Dr. Katz"), as well as interactive live action and 3D animation, integrated webcasting solutions, streaming media hosting, digital editing and DVD / CD Authoring. Their partnership with iVAST will enable Frontier to deliver content to internet ready devices such as personal computers, set-top boxes, PDAs, cell phones, internet devices and game consoles by utilizing live action, 2D and 3D animation through next generation content delivery networks. Frontier has additional partnerships in place with RealNetworks, makers of Real Player, and Collaborative Productions, a Digital Media Solutions company. Software company iVAST has deals in place with entertainment companies such as Mandalay E-Media. Currently Frontier is beta testing iVAST's content distribution platform, based on the MPEG-4 standard. Frontier is spearheaded by New Media producer Tod Whipple.
Camp offers state-of-the-art on-site production and editorial facilities available for rent to production companies. Featuring four thousand square feet of production space, three Avid editing suites, two film composer workstations, full service production support. Camp has already hosted a wide variety of productions for television and film, with clients such as: USA Films, Fine Line, MGM, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, NBC, PBS, @ radical media, Disney, Dreamworks, and Sesame Street.
Scout, led by three principals-Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins and Michael Williams-was founded in 1994 on the set of 20th Century Fox's "The Good Son." Since then, Scout (under the Scout Productions title) has produced a number of feature film and television projects including: Errol Morris' "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter, Jr.," Maureen Foley's "Home Before Dark" (Best American Independent Film, 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival) and Adam Bernstein's "Six Ways to Sunday." They are currently producing their second season of "Errol Morris' First Person" for the Independent Film Channel and recently completed Brad Anderson's film, "Session 9," scheduled for a summer release through USA Films. Upcoming projects include a dramatic feature with Errol Morris, John Pogue's "Nightfall" and a new film from Brad Anderson.