"The Eye of the Storm" to debut on Television in April, CEO Starts National Radio Tour
February 13th, 2013, Hollywood, CA – Sycamore Entertainment Group, Inc. (SEGI), a leading innovator in hybrid film distribution, is pleased that its first theatrical release, the Fred Schepisi film THE EYE OF THE STORM, starring Academy Award-winner® Geoffrey Rush ("The Kings' Speech," "Pirates of the Caribbean" ), Charlotte Rampling ("The Swimming Pool," "Melancholia") and Golden Globe® nominee Judy Davis ("Barton Fink" & Woody Allen's upcoming "Nero Fiddled"), will have its Television debut in April 2013. As per the licensing agreement, Starz LLC will have the rights to exploit the film for a period of 24 months.
"We are very pleased to have built this relationship with Starz Entertainment LLC. We believe this is the beginning of a strong alliance that gives Sycamore a direct conduit to television, for new projects we are currently discussing" says Ed Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group Inc.
Mr. Sylvan has been invited to speak on several radio programs over the next few weeks and he has a clear objective as to what he will be discussing during his national publicity tour.
"Sycamore is in the business of marketing movies; it is my mandate to continue to create awareness and highlight the films we have available for the movie going audiences to see. I will discuss poignant topics regarding the industry and answer questions, but my main focus is to drive revenues by highlighting the release of the DVD, rentals and that "The Eye of the Storm" is available at Itunes and On Demand." Sylvan goes on to say "The fact is that the majority of a films revenue comes after the box office.
Mr. Sylvan will be heard on America's News Network on Monday February 18th at 7:35AM PT. The topic being discussed is the hard hitting question: How Can Hollywood Diversify?
This is an important question for Mr. Sylvan as he builds Sycamore and chooses its next projects. His comments and opinions will surprize listeners. The show hosted by Lori Lundun and Chris Salcedo, is Nationally Syndicated to 275 Stations.
Sycamore Entertainment Group represents a strategic advancement on the film distribution model. Investors will have lower downside risk with a higher upside potential than with the traditional Hollywood studio model.
Sycamore's overall corporate capabilities include:
- film acquisitions
- print advertising
- billboard advertising
- film distribution
- online marketing
Our niche /
Currently there is a lack of distribution outlets for quality independent, art films and well-produced foreign films. The major studios have shifted focus and attention toward large blockbuster films, leaving many filmmakers struggling to get past the festival stage of their exhibition process.Sycamore fills this need by making the best possible deals to market these films and to make smart distribution choices to get these films onto screens. The audience for such films is receptive, provided such films are available for viewing. The increasing number of cable networks and stations also is a source of outlet for such productions.
Our Product /
Sycamore delivers a high quality product that is both entertaining and informative. The collective industry experience of Sycamore's executive team for the past 25 years is an asset that will be utilized in every aspect of marketing and distributing films with which Sycamore decides to become involved.
Sycamore also helps develop, nurture and groom young, up-and-coming talented film makers and producers passionate about the industry. We assist them in the realization of their projects and the development of their motion pictures at all stages of the creative process. Our goal is to recognize the most promising of these young filmmakers and foster long-term releationships with them by engaging in one or more of the following activities:
- reading scripts
- critiquing pitches for film ideas
- having scripts and film pitches submitted
- showcasing new filmmakers in competitions conducted online resulting in the top contenders having the opportunity to assist in the direction of their film projects
- reviewing short films directed or produced by young film makers
Our Plan /
Sycamore acquires and distributes films through many channels, including festivals, Internet/online sources, foreign representation, negative pick-up deals and filmmaker deals, with the potential of participation of profits depending upon each individual project. Sycamore is also well positioned to source films with commercial potential though its long-standing relationships (via Sweet Spot Productions) with talent agencies, international film commissions, production companies, financial institutions, foreign distributors and independent producers.
In order to execute the plan strategically, Sycamore is raising additional capital to fund operations. Although no assurance can be given that Sycamore will have sufficient funds to expand the business activities as vigorously or as broadly as discussed above, the existing business activities of Sweet Spot Productions will now be conducted by Sycamore and will serve to provide a stable basis of operations for the company as it expands. This expansion will be tied primarily to the rate and amount of funds Sycamore will raise within the next two years.
Sycamore Entertainment is a full-service motion picture distribution entity and provides the entertainment industry with high quality services including:
- Acquiring films
- Creating marketing materials necessary for release into all formats, domestic and international; theatrical, television, home entertainment, internet and cellular phone, and all traditional non-theatrical markets.
- Publicity and public relations
- Placement of advertising; electronic and print
- Placement of in-theater marketing materials
- Theater booking services
- Exhibitor film rental negotiation and collections
- Film accounting service
- Television, home entertainment and all ancillary sales
- Full accounting service
- Sycamore acquires all North American rights for quality specialty independent movies (indie, art, foreign language and lower budget) and releases these titles into all media formats.
- Potential films can be sourced through film festivals, independent producers, and international film commissions.
- In exchange for all North American rights, Sycamore can be responsible for P&A funds and 45% of all net profits.
- The business model is designed so that Sycamore's P&A investment will be repaid in full before the participation percentage is paid.
There are many high quality independent and foreign films available for the North American market due to the closing of many distribution companies dedicated to releasing this product. Paramount Vantage, Fine Line Features, Warner Independent Pictures, Picture House and Think Films are the more prominent companies that have left this space, and the Weinstein Company has just announced that they will reduce their releases by 50% in 2010.
The producers of the films that are typically served by the departing distributors have less opportunity to realize any income from the U.S. market at the moment. Sycamore's new, innovative business model is not only an attractiv and viable solution for these film producers, the model can also provide a return between 40% - 70% on the P&A invested for each project.
Sycamore also provides full distribution services for wider release commercial films. This product will be sourced from producers as well as the talent agencies. Agencies such as CAA and WME represent projects that are important to their clients but have not secured major studio deals. Theatrical distribution is extremely important to them, and they generally provide their own P&A funds. Tim Allen, Renee Zellweger, and Michelle Pfeiffer are recent examples of this situation, and their agencies actively tried to secure a theatrical release on their behalf.
EDWARD SYLVAN, Chairman and CEO, Co-Founder
Ed has served as Chairman and CEO of our company since May 2010. From 2002 up to the present Mr. Sylvan has been providing consulting services to small cap startup companies in the areas of corporate structure and finance through his privately held company Silau II Holdings Ltd. From 2000 to 2002 he was a company director with responsibilities in finance and corporate development at Beco International, a corporate finance and investor relations firm. While at Beco, he also served on the board of directors for the junior mining companies Solitaire Minerals and First Narrows Resources where he was responsible for raising capital and sourcing strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Mr. Sylvan is an active manager and lead investor with more than 20 years experience in the securities industry. Mr. Sylvan's has worked as an equity trader for Marathon Brokerage, one of Canada's leading junior mining investment bank and one of the most active trading firms in North America. He was one of the youngest equities traders and retail stockbroker for Scotia McLeod, a leading financial institution in Canada. We believe that Mr. Sylvan's extensive experience in the financial industry and capital markets, as well as his leadership skills and creative ability, support the conclusion that he should serve as one of our directors. http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4548395/is-hollywood-ignoring-african-americans
TERRY SYLVAN, EVP Corporate Communication, Co-Founder
Terry has served as Executive Vice President Corporate Communication of our company since May 2010. From 2007 up to the present Mr. Sylvan has been a partner in the Vancouver based advertising agency SterlingKlor Communications where he co-manages client development, business strategy and account management of marketing programs for a diverse list of B2B sector clients. From 1996 to 2007 Mr. Sylvan served as a Senior Strategic Planner and Account Director where he developed and managed traditional mass marketing, brand strategy and new media campaigns at various communications agencies including BBDO, DDB and McCann. We believe that Mr. Sylvan's extensive experience in the communications industry and capital markets, as well as his leadership skills and creative ability, will enable him to support the corporate vision. https://twitter.com/brainsnage
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| Market Value1 || $181,400 || a/o Jun 07, 2013 |
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Ed Sylvan CEO of Sycamore Entertainment at the AARP 2012 Awards Gala