February 5, 2016 11:09 AM MST/ Examiner.com
Brian O’Shea, the CEO of The Exchange, has announced the company will be selling the worldwide rights for “Tiger.” EFM stands for European Film Market and it’s part of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The Exchange is a leading international sales and fiance company that is committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financers, and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. It was created by veteran sales executive, Brian O’Shea.
“Tiger” stars Mickey Rouke, Janel Parrish, and Prem Singh. It’s about the inspirational story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, a Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing. He was a contender for the Olympic Games, but was denied because he refused to shave his beard. He decides to fight the ruling, which that leads to many threats against him and his beliefs. So he must decide if his quest for religious equality is worth losing his shot at Olympic gold.
Alister Grierson directed “Tiger.” The story was written by Michael Pugliese and Prem Singh. It’s presented by R3M Productioins and produced by Mary Aloe of Aloe Entertainment, Daniel Grodnik of Mass Hysterical Entertainment, and Rocco Pugliese of R3M Productions.
Mary Aloe stepped into the development room at Aloe Entertainment asking, “Prequel or sequel, which are top grossing?” One of the Aloe Entertainment team piped up, “JURASSIC WORLD, sequel.” “Not yet,” Mary Aloe replied, “still FURIOUS 7. How about prequel?” Another Aloe Entertainment development team member jumps in, “SKYFALL…no, wait that’s a sequel of a re-boot or a remake.” “It’s STAR WARS 1 – PHANTOM MENACE.” The discussion Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team began is about prequels and sequels and how well they are doing, some of which are the top grossing movies of all time. “JURASSIC WORLD has hit some milestones and may become one of the top ten, but for now it’s about #21,” continued Mary Aloe to her team at Aloe Entertainment.
Mary Aloe asked one of the Aloe Entertainment team to bring up a top-grossing film chart. Mary Aloe continued, “As of today, for the top grossing films of all time, the top ten include six sequels, and the top twenty includes a prequel and six more sequels. In that mix are a reboot and remake or two, as well”. Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team keep abreast of what franchises are doing well and which might be ready for a reboot. Having worked on a sequel and in pre-production on a prequel (of one of the 100 top grossing films of all time), the Aloe Entertainment team keeps their eyes open for an opportunity to bring to Mary Aloe another prequel or sequel idea. In 2015, 29 movies will be sequels and 1 a prequel. In 2016, 25 releases will be sequels.
“And more are in the pipeline,” continued Mary Aloe, “and notice that they are not just thrillers, super heroes, or horror franchises.” It was pointed out to the Aloe Entertainment team that TOY STORY, SHREK, FROZEN, DESPICABLE ME, THE FOCKERS, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, MADEA, and many other comedies have done well in sequel or prequel land; many of which are continuing. “SHREK 2 and TOY STORY 3 are in the top twenty of all time,” Mary Aloe pointed out. “Let’s not lose track of a good story and fine actors and crew when developing any of these, Mary Aloe concluded. The Aloe Entertainment team may connect themselves with other prequels or sequels. Marketing traction and the continuation of loved characters and actors can be a shoe-in. But maker beware, a rehash will go straight to VOD. Remember LEGALLY BLONDE II or SPEED II? Duds. “Quality film-making should never be put aside for a possible buck,” Mary Aloe concluded, leaving the Aloe Entertainment team to their work.
Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the Independent Spirit Awards for independent film-making outside the studio system, is more and more an indication of what the next award might be. Mary Aloe pointed that out to her team at Aloe Entertainment over a talk about financing an independent film vs. the big budget studio film.
“They used to say, win on Saturday and lose on Sunday”, Mary Aloe
continued. “Meaning, enjoy your Spirit because you are not getting an Oscar now.” “What about last year,” an Aloe Entertainment
team member asked? “Well, every year, that saying is less and less true, Mary Aloe
smiled. Of the five nominees for Best Feature at the Spirits, four of them — Boyhood
, Birdman, Selma
— were up for Best Picture at the Oscars.
“Remember, 12 Years A Slave won last year and The Artist got many awards in 2011,” Mary Aloe explained. An Aloe Entertainment team member jumped in, “But the Spirits don’t cast the same wide net of contenders. Your picture must be budgeted at less than $20 million, right?” Mary Aloe confirmed, “Yes, but don’t use that to discount the continued connection that the Spirit’s are more and more becoming the dress rehearsal, you might say, for the Oscars and sometimes, the Golden Globes, though the Hollywood Foreign Press tends to honor the more well known, where the spotlight is already shining.”
“Still, watch out for more and more influence from the Independent Spirit Awards to the Academy Awards, especially as the studios invest more in the tent pole film,” Mary Aloe
ended with before dashing out to her next appointment
and quite possibly the beginning of an Aloe Entertainment
project that proves her point.
Mary Aloe was recently discussing how Hollywood has had a brown out (pun intended) in producing and marketing for the Hispanic audience. She told her team at Aloe Entertainment, “Whether using Latino actors, writers, directors, or producers or bringing Hispanic stories to the screen, both big and small, the Latin community has been undeserved.”
Recent research from the Nielsen people show that Hispanics accounted for at least 20 percent of opening weekend ticket sales for every hit last summer. “That is a lot of tickets to be sold; not to mention the rich culture from which we could mine some wonderful stories and talent,”Mary Aloe
continues to her Aloe Entertainment
“Our production slate includes two projects that do just that - Mary
and Mama’s Boy
Mama’s Boy (click here for trailer
- code: Speedy) is a reality series about Noel “Speedy” Mercado. He’s a 40-something virgin looking for love!. Speedy is a star of the #1 Hispanic morning radio show in America and has millions of fans. Hard to believe, Speedy still lives with his mama in the old Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up. Most of the guys he knew are long married. Everyone, especially mama, tells him it’s time to settle down, but Speedy has yet to find the right girl. Mary Aloe
mentioned that she is producing, along with her ABK Entertainment
, a subsidary of Aloe Entertainment
partners, Vito Bruno and Scott Kushner, as well as with Ish Entertainment.
is the other project I want to mention in regards to the Hispanic talent we are proud to have connected to us at Aloe Entertainment
said. “Not only are we fortunate to have Eduardo Verástegui
as one our producers, but our director and many shooting locations are both from Mexico. Mother Mary is a very prominent source of comfort in the religious and spiritual practices of the Latin audience. The Pew Research Center reported that 68% of Hispanics are Catholic and devoted to Mother Mary. “That’s one of the reasons we are so excited about projects like Mary
, which reach out to a global audience both in story and the talent used in creating this project,” Mary Aloe
said in closing.
has found that there are riches found in not only using the stories and culture of the Hispanic people, but the vast talent. Think filmmakers like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Miguel Arteta, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez; cinematographers like Claudio Miranda and Emanuel Lubezki; actors like Andy Garci, Javier Bardem, Zoe Saldana or Selma Hayek; television producer and innovator Desi Arnaz; and stories about Frida Kahlo, Che Gueverra – to name a very small example. All are either in Academy Award winning films or those that have done well at the box office or in the TV ratings world. The brown out is over and Aloe Entertainment
is proud to be a part of it.
The Indie Film (Independent/non-studio produced motion picture) has become the dominant force in Oscar wins over the last decade. The 87th Oscar winners included “Birdman,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (each winning four), with “Boyhood” scoring the supporting actress win and “Whiplash” garnering three wins. Looking at stats from the Independent Film and Television Alliance, in the last decade, Best Director and Best Picture winners have been indies over ten times, actors in indies have won an average of 5 – 7 times, and screenplay winners have averaged half the time, not to mention all of the technical categories. Mary Aloe and the Aloe Entertainment team are proud to be a part of this independent spirit.
Studio output has lessened over the last decade and the indie film producers and production companies have been happy to take on the slack. Savvy producers, like Mary Aloe, are able to secure the funds and distribution without involving major studios. Major actors, screenwriters, and directors are just as happy to take on a project produced as an indie than from a major studio. Refer to the Oscar information from the first paragraph. And that is just a snippet of what there has been out there in the last decade.
With the domination of the indie, producers like Mary Aloe and production companies like Aloe Entertainment, will be the stand outs in quality, quantity, artistry, box office, and award winners for decades to come.