Friday, April 24, 2009

Invasion of Privacy to Film in NM

From: Ray-Garcia, Alarie, SPO
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 1:55 PM
Subject: Governor Richardson Announces "Invasion of Privacy" to Film in New Mexico

For Immediate Release Contact: New Mexico Film Office

April 24, 2009 505-476-5600

Governor Bill Richardson Announces Hammer Films to Shoot “Invasion of Privacy” in New Mexico for Exclusive Media Group (EMG)

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the suspense thriller “Invasion of Privacy” (working title- aka “The Resident”), starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Boys Don’t Cry”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen,” “P.S. I Love You”) will shoot in New Mexico. Hammer Films is producing for parent company Exclusive Media Group (EMG), the global filmed entertainment group combining Hammer and Spitfire Pictures, backed by strategic Investment Group Cyrte Investments.

Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution for the film.

“I am pleased that a movie with such enormous talent associated with it has chosen to film in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said. “In addition, the film will be a boost to the economy by creating work for hundreds of New Mexicans.

“Invasion of Privacy” will film in and around Albuquerque, with the majority of filming at Albuquerque Studios. Shooting will commence May 26 and wrap July 17. The film plans to hire at least 200 local crew members, plus 14 speaking roles and over 200 background talent.

Producing the film for Hammer are Simon Oakes, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Cary Brokaw. Hammer’s Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner will executive produce along with Tom Lassally of 3 Arts Entertainment. Hilary Swank also serves as an Executive Producer. Vicki Dee Rock is co-producing.

Antti J. Jokinen is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Robert Orr (“Savior”) and re-written by Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “Fur”). As one of the most acclaimed directors in the music video landscape, Jokinen has directed award winning videos for artists such as Will Smith, Beyonce, Eminem, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Missy Elliott and Korn, among others. Originally from Finland, Jokinen is the co-founder of the production company, Solar Films, which has grown into Finland’s largest TV and film producer, and has produced two of the top ten grossing Finnish films of all time. Jokinen has also directed and co-written several national Television series.

“Invasion of Privacy” is inspired by the fact that every year, millions of single women in America move into apartments for the first time. They do not know who lived in the apartment before them, they do not know their landlords, and they don’t bother to change the locks. This is the story of one such woman.

“We are excited to welcome ‘Invasion of Privacy’ to our city,” said Mayor Marty Chavez. “You won't find a more film friendly town than Albuquerque.”

Since Governor Richardson took office, over 120 major feature films and television series have shot in the state, adding over $2.5 billion dollars to New Mexico’s economy.


Hammer is a legendary British film brand, originally launched in 1934, which delivered a hugely successful run of films in the 1950s including Gothic classics DRACULA and THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and Sci-Fi picture THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT. Hammer's reputation became branded worldwide as 'Hammer House of Horror'. In the 1960s Hammer struck distribution deals with Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox and Columbia. Hammer went on to produce a huge volume of films which included such titles as THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE NANNY, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT and ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.

Not in production since the 1980s, the company is now being aggressively reinvigorated by Exclusive Media Group through new investment in the development and production of film, television and digital-platform content.

Hammer’s return to horror was heralded by interactive web serial BEYOND THE RAVE, which was broadcast by MySpace in 12 territories in 2008. Today, Hammer has an active development slate totaling more than 25 projects across diverse genres sourced out of both Europe and the United States. Hammer expects a number of these projects to go into production during 2009, following THE WAKE WOOD, Hammer’s return to theatrical features, which began shooting in September 2008. In addition to “The Wake Wood,” new Hammer film projects include “The Quiet Ones,” to be directed by Jesse Dylan (“Kicking & Screaming,” “American Wedding”) and “Let the Right One In,” a remake of the widely acclaimed Tomas Alfredson directed Swedish film “Lat den ratte komma in,” to be adapted and directed by Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”).


Formed by strategic investment group Cyrte Investments in May 2008, Exclusive Media Group (EMG) is the parent company of Los Angeles based Spitfire Pictures and legendary British Studio, Hammer which now has a combined share holder equity and facility in excess of $100 million. The company is run by Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Simon Oakes with Sinclair and Oakes serving as Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs (out of Los Angeles and London respectively). East is President of EMG and Chairman of Exclusive Film Distribution.

Under EMG, Spitfire and Hammer operate as two separate production entities. EMG aims to produce 6-8 films per year and to acquire additional pictures for worldwide distribution through its subsidiary Exclusive Film Distribution. The group also develops projects for television and digital platforms.

EMG has over 300 titles in the combined Hammer and Spitfire libraries and pursues an aggressive library acquisition policy. The Hammer library is noted for its remake potential and the company is in discussions with A-list writers and directors to revive and re-imagine some of the highly touted titles.

Cyrte Investments is part of Delta Lloyd Asset Management, one of the Netherlands major asset managers, which in turn is majority-owned by London Stock Exchange listed Aviva plc, one of the world’s largest insurance companies.

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