Saint James Films acquires International Rights to Supernatural Thriller, ‘Nightscape’

 

Nightscape poster

 

Mike the Pike Productions, Inc. ($MIKP) subsidiary, Saint James Films, LLC (SJF) is pleased to announce that it has secured the International distribution rights to David W. Edwards’ supernatural thriller, ‘Nightscape’ .  The film hits worldwide markets at next week’s Cannes film market (Marché du Film 2013) via our distribution partner TomCat Films, LLC. The deal includes a 50% equity stake in net sales for SJF.

We are thrilled to license this property as part of our offerings at this year’s Cannes. It’s a fast ride filled with visual effects and plot laid out nicely over an energetic electronic score.

SJF will be represented by TomCat at the world’s largest film market this month with Nightscape and 11 other titles including Lizzie Borden’s Revenge, Attack of the Jurassic Shark, Captain Battle, etc.  The Company has also partnered with various producers to ensure increased volume in production on projects for worldwide distribution and an ever-increasing SJF library.  What I’m truly thrilled about is that number.  We only started producing and acquiring films in January of 2012 and just over a year later we’re looking at a dozen titles.  As this number continues to increase, we’ll soon see self-sustaining revenues for the company and inevitable momentum in company growth and brand recognition.

Mike the Pike Productions is a USOTC publicly traded feature film, television and graphic novels production company currently working on titles such as White Space and The Skin Trade, from George R.R. Martin, the world-renown author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones.  It is currently trading in the Grey Market and we’ve secured a market maker in Southern California that has filed a Form 211 with FINRA toward reinstatement to the Pink Sheets. The process hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, but it’s overall encouraging to see that our market maker is optimistic regarding our potential for reinstatement.  Our last submission to FINRA included LOIs, Contracts, emails, service agreements, letters of explanation and then some, substantiating each and every claim and statement made via press release by the company since early 2010.

It’s quite a bit to go through and was initially reviewed by our market maker’s compliance department prior to submission around 3 weeks ago.  My hope is for a timely response there, but there’s no indication as to when they will answer and if that answer will be final or a request for more information.

That said, we will be making regular announcements via blog or press release until that decision and hope that shareholders will follow us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MTPfb for frequent updates as company social media has now been deemed acceptable by the SEC as a dissemination portal for company information.

MIKP subsidiary, Saint James Films titles get a boost from distributor TomCat Films, LLC's deal with Mark Burnett's YouToo.tv

Great piece on our distributor, TomCat Films in THR last week— (TomCat reps all of Saint James Films titles including Jurassic Shark, Lizzie Borden’s Revenge, Captain Battle: Legacy War, and more!) 

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Arizona sales company’s series of tongue-in-cheek theatrical trailers will air on interactive online and cable TV service.

TomCat Films LLC, an Arizona-based production and international sales company, has signed a licensing deal with YouToo TV to carry a series of its tongue-in-cheek theatrical movie trailers.

YouToo TV is an interactive television network that makes content available both online on cable systems, including Verizon Fios, Comcast and Time Warner Cable in 177 of the top 200 U.S. TV markets, according to the company. It estimates it has an audience of 15 million viewers.

The TomCat series of trailers calledTrailerific will promote their B-movies, including such titles as Thunderstorm: Return of Thor, Jurassic Shark and Lizzie Borden’s Revenge.

The first episode includes 5 trailers with a superhero theme where the audience can comment via video and text free of charge.

“These trailers are fun, campy and enjoyable at the same time, and that’s something you don’t necessarily see everywhere else,” says Chris Wyatt, CEO of YouToo TV. “We want to really expand the interactive experience and get viewers involved.”

YouToo TV works in association with Survivor producer Mark Burnett’s company VIMBY, (Video in My Backyard). Viewers can create an account online or using the YouToo TV app for mobile and tablets where they can upload video, pictures and text  to appear on their television service.

Since YouToo TV’s launch in 2010, over 500,000 viewers have appeared on their television services, according to the company. They say they put 500 people on the network each day, showing 15-second “Fame Spot” videos and 30-second “peoplemercials” that can instantly be seen on their television service. YouToo TV edits the videos and chooses which to post.

TomCat Films produces low-budget films and licenses them worldwide. Their recent titles includeRobin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood and Disaster Wars.

 

TomCat Films LLC CEO Ted Chalmers said his company has “a very playful approach to marketing its features. YouToo’s Trailerific will celebrate our marketing style and provide exposure and promotion for our films amidst millions of users/viewers.”

Trailerific begins airing on YouToo TV on Friday.

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Saint James Films Acquires Worldwide Rights to Bloodthirsty, Bikini-Babe-Eating 'Jurassic Shark'

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This is our second film acquisition this year and we’ve recently entered negotiations for at least two more films in 2012 for the Saint James Film Slate and Library!  Moving forward like the Tortoise against the Hare and I’m thankful for a good handful of long-term shareholders that have taken the time to understand our vision moving forward.  It won’t be but next thing we know it and realized revenues will further expand our company’s reach and position.  It’s movies like Jurassic Shark, as part of a business model in Saint James, that will expedite our opportunities and strategic benchmarks for Mike The Pike Productions.  I cannot tell you how excited (and honored) I am to be working with Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin on our next game-changing endeavor, ‘The Skin Trade’.   We’re currently finishing up the script for review with GRRM himself, then working with Vince to package toward what I feel will lead to success in so many ways.

As well, I’m thrilled to be approaching AFM where we’ll begin to realize opportunities for this project, our Saint James library and effects driven sci-fi thriller, White Space.   Thanks again for the opportunity to work toward making Mike The Pike Productions a mini-major contender, as I will continue to do each day with passion and a focused strategy.

Lizzie Borden Hacks her way into The Film Catalogue for this year's AFM

 

It’s listed as in ‘pre-production’ but we are currently in post-production on the project FYI….look to wrap it up in the next few weeks!   Again– More movies…More revenue

 

 

Microbudget surge yields big profits (VARIETY)- Charles Newberry

Though Argentina has an enviable system for state film-financing, now copied around Latin America, money remains tight, and the doling out of credits and subsidies can take years. Most of the country’s annual 100-feature output begins out-of-pocket, financed by sideline businesses in commercial and TV production or the proceeds of prior releases until a finished film can start fetching coin from festival screening fees and exhibition.

Even then, a profit is not guaranteed, despite the fact that Argentina is the busiest production market in Latin America. Production is brisk largely because of a “no matter what” attitude gleaned from years of economic crises.

“We are used to working in a crisis, and this is a source of creativity,” says Natalia Smirnoff, director of “Puzzle.”

In response, new production and exhibition models have emerged to make a profit, sometimes paying off quite handsomely.

For example, while international horror franchises (such as “Saw”) have earned a loyal following, Argentine attempts at the genre have been relegated to DVD for decades. To tap the full B.O. potential of horror pics, Pampa Films, a leading genre producer, boarded “Cold Sweat” with horror experts Paura Flics — a venture that is paying off.

The film, which earned $500,000 domestically on its release early this year, recovered its $250,000 production budget and P&A costs, paving the way for profits in subsequent sales to foreign markets, DVD and TV, says Hernan Moyano, a producer at Paura.

The model is underpinned by low-cost production, a well-practiced art in Argentina.

“You have to be very ingenious and squeeze as much as possible out of your tools,” says Moyano, who has made horror movies for as low as $6,000. The approach allowed Paura to shoot “Sweat,” a gory kidnapping tale, in 19 days (less than the low-end 25-day average).

And the strategy is crossing over to other genres.

“You have to make a film so it has as little debt as possible when it is finished,” says Ignacio Rey, who produced the low-budget fest fave “La Tigra, Chaco” at Sudestada Cine. That film started recovering its $250,000 outlay from screening fees at festivals, which brought exposure for international distribution deals ranging from $4,000 to $25,000.

Back home in Argentina, however, Rey opted for an eight-month alternative run at indie theaters, with four to five screenings per week, a strategy that grossed $5,000 on 10,000 ticket sales. A traditional commercial release would have snared the same audience in a week before the film got dropped, Rey estimates, but even if he’d earned $20,000 from the same number of admissions, it would have left him with a $30,000 debt after the $50,000 outlay in prints and marketing.

The profit potential is reviving an interest in low-budget filmmaking, with crews multi-tasking and cramming to slim budgets by 40%, says Hernan Musaluppi of Rizoma Films, a producer of Rodrigo Moreno’s “A Mysterious World.”

“There has been a revival of working hard on low-budget films with fewer people because you make more money,” he says. “It isn’t necessarily true that if you spend money you will make a better film.”

More Movies…More Revenue

Thrilled about today’s release (last post) regarding our acquisition of Blood Rites (http://www.bloodritesmovie.com) via wholly owned subsidiary, Saint James Films, LLC — Aside from the fact that the film is a well made, inspired piece of grindhouse/genre goodness, it signifies a major evolution for Saint James Films as a whole.  Why, you may ask?  How is this film different from the others on SJF’s slate for 2012.  We’ve got Captain Battle: Legacy War, Agent Beetle, Lizzie Borden’s Revenge and more on their way to add to our assets/titles, so why is ‘Blood Rites’ so special?

Well, here it is– Blood Rites was not produced in house by Saint James Films–  it also wasn’t financed by Saint James Films, LLC– that saves two things– money and manpower– neither of which we had to exert to assure a quality finished product with exponential revenue potential.  But we do get to MAKE money with it, partnered with the film’s producers, who now have International Distribution on their project with a producer-friendly arrangement in which both parties win accordingly.   So now, thanks to the work of SJF execs, we have a streamlined ability to pick up quality, saleable product, without any of the burden of budget or project management, all the while effecting similar ROI scenarios.  So imagine this on a larger scale as we continue to grow.  Saint James is producing 5-10 of its own films this year, possibly 10 or more next– all the while, acquiring quality projects from accomplished producers and up-and-coming filmmakers for a win-win, creating a multiplier effect on our output.   The potential here is substantial as it positions the already successful business model for precipitous growth in terms of both revenues and title assets in its film library.  SJF is a numbers game.  We don’t make “Marvel: The Avenger’s” returns in terms of numbers.  But we do, in fact have similar ROI.  More Movies. More Revenue.

Very different from our Mike The Pike Productions slate, such as George R.R. Martin’s The Skin Trade or White Space, both of which hold tremendous potential for brand prestige, position and impressive returns.   At the same time, they are very much the same, simply that they operate in different realms– as always, the overall model is that SJF provides consistent near-term revenues, while MTP prepares itself to bask as the next  Summit or Lions Gate Entertainment… Summit, of course was acquired by LGF recently for $400,000,000.   Not bad– and all justified by one little franchise called Twilight, based on a well received book….Lion’s Gate of course found its first footing with 2000’s ‘American Psycho’.  Sounds like a familiar scenario, doesn’t it?  A well received author under option by a budding film company turns out, arguably, two of the most successful mini-majors in the history of film.

Shareholders-  to really get a feel for how powerful the low budget/microbudget model can be in supporting our more ambitious efforts– PLEASE I ask you do just a little bit of ‘homework’ — here’s a few reading assignments:


  http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/paramount-launches-micro-budget-division-insurge-pictures/

  http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/mip/blog/5-things-know-about-trends-independent-film

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-budget_film

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118036708

Saint James Films' Distributor teams with foreign territory pro, Bender Media Services, for additional revenue potential

Way to go, SJF & TomCat!   Thanks to our partner in SJF, Ted Chalmers– CEO & President of www.tomcatfilmsllc.com– great work!

TomCat Films LLC (www.tomcatfilmsllc.com) President and CEO, Ted Chalmers, is pleased to announce that it has secured Bender Media Services (BMS) to serve as the company’s exclusive distributor for all Latin American territories.

Bender Media Services Corp. offers stellar product and unparalleled experience in sales of film and television product in the Region of Latin America. The company represents Major Independent Companies such as TomCat with product from around the Globe, with a prevalent focus in Latin America.

BMS founder and CEO, Susan Bender, began her career in the television distribution business in 1973 Los Angeles at Metromedia Producers Corp., a subsidiary of Metromedia Inc. owned by John Kluge. Susan was involved in all facets of the distribution business, beginning in accounting, promoted to Executive Director of Worldwide Contract Administration, and further promoted to…READ MORE  

Bender Media Services Corp. offers stellar product and unparalled experience in sales of television product in the Region of Latin America.

 
We represent Major Independent Companies with television product from around the Globe, primarily focusing it’s efforts in Latin America.  Our Library consists of Entertainment, Beauty & Adventure, Extreme Sports, Reality, Lifestyle, Animation, Documentaries, Children’s Programming, Travel, Programming for Men, Movies and MiniSeries.
 MORE SAINT JAMES NEWS ON THE WAY!   While you’re at it, check out Parent company, Mike The Pike Productions’ www.theskintrademovie.com – based on the award winning book by George R.R. Martin, the groundbreaking author behind HBO’s Game of Thrones.

MIKP movie news! Saint James Films, LLC secures worldwide distribution with Genre Superstar, TomCat Films, LLC

Superheroes Invade Cannes – Meet with TomCat Films/ Ted Chalmers

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Dear Valued Customer,Cannes Film Market is coming up soon and TomCat Films LLC is bringing the superheroes! Please take a look at the new films we have below.  Then, please send us back some suggested meeting times.  We will be in Cannes May 16th through May 25th at Lerins S-14. You can also set an appoinment online by following this link: http://tomcatfilmsllc.com/marchedufilm

Superheroes at Cannes!! TomCat Films LLC has completed production on AGENT BEETLE, CAPTAIN BATTLE and RISE OF THE BLACK BAT! (Worldwide rights are currently available).

AGENT BEETLECAPTAIN BATTLE
If you would like to meet with TomCat Films at CANNES, please take a look at some of the new films we have below.  We will be at Lerins Stand: S-14

If you have not done so already please send us some suggested meeting times for CANNES, or you can set an appoinment online by following this link: http://tomcatfilmsllc.com/marchedufilm

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Cannes!

Sincerely,

Ted Chalmers

President/CEO

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Monique Nayard

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CAPTAIN BATTLE CAPTAIN BATTLE: LEGACY WAR

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Sam Battle follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather, a WWII super hero known as CAPTAIN BATTLE, by accepting an experimental drug while in the military. The drug turns him into a super-being with strength, agility and intelligence beyond that of a normal human. After his tour of duty he returns home to see his hometown over run by ruthless neo Nazi thugs who serve and evil mastermind known as, THE NECROMANCER. They plot to raise the Third Reich again by re-animating Himmler. Only Sam, as the new Captain Battle, can save them!


Agent Beetle

AGENT BEETLE

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A rookie cop (Daniel Lavigne “The Immortals”) goes undercover at a drug company and poses as a criminal in order to get the information on a program that gives convicted felons superpowers. With his reporter ex-girlfriend (Emanuelle Carriere “Jurassic Shark”) on his trail, he must use his newly acquired powers to stop the program and bring its powerful convicts to justice.


Rise of the Black BatRISE OF THE BLACK BAT

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In a City where crime rules supreme, District Attorney Tony Quinn has the scales of justice stacked against him. When a crime boss has Tony blinded by acid, it seems that crime has won for good. But through a miracle of modern science, Tony is given the ability to see in the dark like a bat. Tony Quinn takes the guise of the Black Bat to see to it that crime pays and that the scales of justice are balanced once more.

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IRON SOLDIERIRON SOLDIERCOMPLETED

A robot created by the military falls into the hands of a group of mercenaries. It’s up to the son of the man who created the robot to stop the mercenaries before they sell the robot to a foreign power.

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AMAZING BULKTHE AMAZING BULK

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The Bulk goes on a rampage through the city, destroying everything in his path. Hank is caught by a relentless detective, imprisoned by Darwin, and forced to battle the sadistic Dr. Kantlove, who threatens to blow up the moon with his arsenal of weapons.



ABOUT TOMCAT FILMS LLC

Arizona based TomCat Films LLC was formed in 2007 by a financing entity to produce low budget films for the world market. All of its productions have been profitable.  Recently released productions include METAL MAN, ALICE IN MURDERLAND, and STAR QUEST: THE ODYSSEY. BLOODY MARY 3D is scheduled to be released in the U.S. later in 2011.

Ted Chalmers

At TomCat Films we will specialize in offering highly marketable films for your territory. We will also utilize state of the art technology to make the experience of buying and delivering films as simple and transparent as possible.  Please email me for details.ABOUT TED CHALMERSThe company is headed by sales and distribution veteran Ted Chalmers. Mr. Chalmers has been a film and TV executive since 1990. He has been involved with the sales and distribution of such well-known films as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION, HELLRAISER, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, ONE FALSE MOVE, RE-ANIMATOR, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, SOCIETY and EVIL DEAD 2.

Monique Nayard

ABOUT MONIQUE NAYARD

Monique R. Nayard established her career over 20 years ago and has successfully worked in both international film and television distribution.  In the most recent years, Monique has been working as a Sales Executive with Moving Pictures Film & TV, which recently became ICAP Media.  Her prior engagements included sales for Strategic Film Partners, Sandra Carter Global, Katapult and Shoreline.

Our website will feature regular updates of new films available for your territory.  Please sign up to receive special access to our screening room (more titles coming soon) where you can watch full length screeners online.

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MIKP's SAINT JAMES FILMS COO/PRESIDENT, TED CHALMERS at the TomCat Films booth 2012 Marche du Film Cannes!


Thanks for all the hard work, Ted. Like Captain Battle- you, too, are a Saint James Superhero!
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