A brand new production and distribution company has arrived on the horror scene, with welcome to villain movies official launch today with exciting projects on the menu.
Welcome Villain Films is “a fully integrated genre studio with an innovative business model and a flexible approach to development, production, marketing and strategic distribution”.
The first two feature projects on the company’s slate include 2014’s “expanded reimagining” Last shiftdirected by Anthony DiBlasiAnd one untitled slasher project from the creators of the famous franchise The houses built in October.
“Welcome Villain Films (WVF) is a destination for filmmakers with unique voices who are looking for a creative studio partner who embraces their visions and has the ability to deliver them to genre-hungry audiences in exciting new ways. WVF’s management team brings together decades of collective experience in producing, marketing and releasing films, with a genuine passion for the horror genre. The company’s mission is to empower creators of all levels, bridging the gap between studio and artist to consistently deliver bold and exciting films in the horror and genre space. Too often, great original films are made and acquired without a strategy to find their audience – as a fully integrated studio, WVF aims to ensure that a marketing and distribution plan is implemented during the development and production process. , so that the movies are not lost. algorithms and the glut of “content”. Filmmakers will be heavily embedded in this process in a way that is unusual for the industry, with seamless communication and consistent collaboration.
“Welcome Villain Films is comprised of four founding executive partners, with plans to grow the team over the year. Chief Operating Officer Bonner Bellew, founder and CEO of advertising and media agency Soda & Lime, previously served as a television producer at NBC Universal and Warner Brothers, founder and CCO at Rocket XL and executive creative director at Big Picture Group. Bonner will bring his decades of industry experience and operational proficiency into the fold, building a powerful studio structure to support a growing list of genre-specific content.
“Producer Dan Clifton will serve as head of production, bringing his experience working on more than two dozen independent feature films to the role. Through his work with XR studio Top Right Corner, Dan will also expand WVF’s technical capabilities to meet an ever-changing production landscape.
“Creative Executive Luc LaBeau will serve as Head of Development, bringing over a decade of experience and dozens of theatrical and PVOD releases to the genre at top companies such as Blumhouse Productions, Orion Pictures and Relativity Media. At WVF, LaBeau will combine his lifelong passion for filmmaking and his vast knowledge of the horror space to bring a unique, relationship-driven approach to the filmmaking process.
“Eric Cleifield will lead marketing initiatives and assist in the development of commercial horror properties as Chief Creative Officer. Advertising specialist and creative director specializing in the production and marketing of genre content, Eric brings his passion and experience in marketing horror films from renowned studios such as Blumhouse Productions and Orion Pictures.
“In the ever-changing landscape of film distribution, WVF aims to be a beacon for filmmakers looking to collaborate with a full-fledged studio without all of the headaches and hurdles these relationships have presented in the past” , says Dan Clifton, Head of Production.
“Our fully integrated studio model gives filmmakers the creative control they need to bring their visions to life, backed by comprehensive studio-led marketing and distribution plans,” says Eric Kleifield, Chief Creative Officer.
“We live, breathe and dream horror, and our goal is to partner with artists who share that same passion and support their creative visions in a truly collaborative way, ultimately bringing high-quality films to audiences the as broad as possible, in hopes of breathing new life into the genre,” says head of development Luke LaBeau. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch WVF with two thrilling horror projects from visionary filmmakers Anthony DiBlasi, and Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews. These movies bring all the mayhem and bravado that genre fans love, and more.
To launch the studio, Welcome Villain Films announces a reimagining of the horror hit Last shifta critically acclaimed supernatural horror film released by Magnolia Pictures that was named one of the Top 5 Horror Films of 2015. The studio is collaborating with the film’s original creators, writer/director Anthony DiBlasi and writer/producer Scott Poiley, who return to a larger sandbox to expand their vision of nightmarish terror. The project is currently in active development.
“Reinvent the world of Last shift and pushing storytelling to its full potential has long been a goal of ours. We were limited by our budget on the first movie, and the team at Welcome Villain gives us the opportunity to revisit that world, delivering more of what fans loved from the original but also expanding on the mythology to terrify a whole new audience,” says director Anthony DiBlasi.
WVF announces second project in collaboration with Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews, filmmakers behind the hit horror franchise The houses built in October, which has built a strong reputation over the years as a go-to Halloween goer. Their film, currently untitled and also in active development, will bring a shocking new entry into the slasher canon.
“We’re thrilled to bring creative kills and new twists to the genre, and happy to shed blood with Welcome Villain on this longtime passion project of ours.” says filmmakers Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews. “Welcome Villain is a team that respects all facets of the genre, from production to its incredible innovative marketing abilities, and we are thrilled with this partnership.”
This is just the beginning for Welcome Villain Films, an origin story that will evolve as the company expands its library of titles and arsenal of high-caliber talent. The studio actively engages with filmmakers on new projects and aggressively pursues the acquisition market to satisfy the insatiable demands of horror and genre audiences around the world.
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