Ronen Rubinstein (It Felt Like Love) and Disney stars Grace Phipps (Teen Beach Movie) and Sierra McCormick (A.N.T. Farm) will lead the cast of indie horror Some Kind Of Hate, from first-time helmer Adam Egypt Mortimer. Michael Polish (Big Sur), Noah Segan (Looper), Lexi Atkins (Zombeavers), Spencer Breslin (The Happening), Maestro Harrell (Suburgatory), Jasper Polish (The Astronaut Farmer), music producer Jeremy Hawkins aka JHawk, and Brando Eaton (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) also star in the slasher about a bullied teenager who’s sent to a desert reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors. Mortimer and novelist Brian DeLeeuw co-scripted the pic which takes cues from youngster horror pics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie, and Let the Right One In. Caliber Media is producing and arranged financing. The company’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are producing alongside Revek Entertainment’s Amanda Mortimer and Gabriela Revilla.
Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Sierra McCormick, Michael Polish Round Out Teen Slasher ‘Some Kind Of Hate’
Isaiah Washington Leaves Caliber Media After 4 Months; Brittany Snow Signs With Magnolia Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Isaiah Washington has ditched his management reps at Caliber Media only four months after signing with the firm. Sources say it was a dispute over commission percentages and a variety of projects that the company had found for Washington. The former Grey’s Anatomy actor signed with Caliber Media and Inqlusion Entertainment for representation in all areas back in March after leaving APA. Washington was hot earlier this year coming off of his Sundance pic Blue Caprice, the Beltway sniper drama he exec produced. IFC’s Sundance Selects will release the film on September 13. He next stars in John Sayles’ upcoming Go For Sisters, The Trials of Cate McCall with Kate Beckinsale, and The CW’s midseason series The Hundred.
Meanwhile, Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect, Hairspray) is expanding her management team. She’s signed with Magnolia Entertainment where she’ll be repped by Kimberlin Belloni and Shelley Browning. Snow, who’s also got features The Potters and There’s Always Woodstock on her docket, was also cast in the lead on Fox and WB TV’s redeveloped legal comedy The Assistants opposite Stephen Root and Catherine O’Hara. She will continue to be repped by ICM and PJ Shapiro.
Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report.
EXCLUSIVE: Caliber Media has added Chris Contopulos to its talent division as a manager, bringing with him clients Abigail Klein (Transformers 4), Nolan North (Star Trek Into Darkness), Josh Margolin (New Girl), and recording artist Kelsy Karter. Contopulos comes to Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller’s firm from Brillstein Entertainment Partners after coming up through ICM and Gersh. “With Chris, we have found a smart and savvy new manager willing to work hard and fight to protect his clients,” said Sonnier and Heller in a statement. “We are confident he is going to be very successful at Caliber.”
Caliber Media and New Artists Alliance have signed on to help finance and produce Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins from Coatwolf Productions. Coatwolf, who were behind the 2011 Sundance film Bellflower, initially sought $60,000 via crowdfunding on Indiegogo for the project. They ended up more than doubling their ask and raising $129,000 for the pic. That response prompted Caliber and New Artists Alliance to jump in and supplement the production with additional financing. CAA will rep the action film’s domestic distribution rights. Jonathan Keevil is attached to direct and produce from his own script. Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins centers on a turf war that has been raging for generations in the fictional seaside community of Oldtown. On one side is the Syndicate gang of misfits who have been trying to muscle the San Diego family out of land they own in the center of town. On the other side is twin brothers Tony and Johnny and their sister Salsa. Most of their family were killed in the turf wars and now the Syndicate wants to get rid of the remaining members of the family to take over Oldtown for good. Keevil and Tyler Dawson star as the twins and Evan Glodell will portray twins’ best friend Chuck Hank. Glodell, Vincent Grashaw and Chelsea St. John will produce for Coatwolf alongside Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance. Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack …
Will Rowbotham has joined Caliber Media as a manager in the company’s new New York office. The former partner and literary manager at Prolific Entertainment is the first hire for Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier’s east coast location, which formally opened Tuesday. I’m told that Rowbotham’s clients from Prolific are expected to follow him to his new gig. Those clients include writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Ian Fried (Spectral), Zak Olkewicz (Ink And Bone), RFI Porto (Blue Caprice), Jessica Conrad (SNL), and directors Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice), and Martha Pinson (Martin Scorsese-produced Tomorrow). Rowbotham was a producer on Blue Caprice, which stars Isaiah Washington and Joey Lauren Adams, both of whom are with Caliber. Blue Caprice debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Sundance Selects in early March. The manager also served as a producer on the upcoming QED horror pic Haunt starring Jacki Weaver.
Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier’s Caliber Media production-management firm has set Evan Mirzai to run their new digital studio, which will finance at least five digital projects this year. Former Gersh lit coordinator and 2012 Black List scribe Mirzai will also serve as manager as he expands content and distribution of features, series, shorts, and music “utilizing Caliber’s in-house camera packages, editing equipment, and relationship with VFX company The Molecule,” kicking off Caliber’s new digital division with Joe Begos’ (Almost Human) horror series Toxin.