Canvas Media Studios and MarVista Entertainment have entered into a six-film deal that will focus on identifying diverse, up-and-coming and up-and-coming writers and directors.
The deal will involve completed titles fully funded with a pre-purchase distribution commitment from MarVista Entertainment, which will also oversee worldwide distribution of all films produced under the partnership.
Canvas, a venture capital-backed content company, is led by David Tochterman, an industry veteran who worked at Overbrook Entertainment and the Carsey-Werner Company. MarVista Entertainment, a division of Fox Entertainment, produces an average of 80 new movies per year.
MarVista’s recent projects include the Amazon Prime Video release “Christmas Is Canceled” starring Hayley Orrantia, Dermot Mulroney and Janel Parrish; “Stay Woke,” with Chrissy Metz; and the IFC release “Hunter Hunter”, featuring Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl and Camille Sullivan.
Canvas has just wrapped production on its first feature film under the Marvista deal, “Don’t Let It In,” which is written and directed by Jay Henric, based on his short film of the same name. “Don’t Let It In” is a genre thriller featuring an all-Native American main cast, and was filmed with the cooperation of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and shot in part on the Big Cypress Reservation in the Everglades. Tochterman serves as executive producer alongside Allison DeBevoise, Allison Vanore, Everett Osceola, Yann Henric and Jordan Barillas, and David Massey and Fernando Szew for MarVista. Henric, Stephen Henric and Corey Moss are the producers.
“Canvas is focused on building new premium video franchises from up-and-coming creators to provide new brands of programming for the highly competitive premium video market,” said DeBevoise, principal investor in Canvas, of Third Wave Digital Fund.
Tochterman said, “By providing young filmmakers with funding and distribution, and contributing our production expertise, we want to empower diverse creative entrepreneurs. We are very pleased that MarVista believes in our model, and with this partnership we have the opportunity to aggressively target domestic and international distribution with completed films.
“Canvas’s dedication to discovering, developing and producing films alongside the next generation of creators and storytellers is entirely in line with MarVista’s ongoing commitment to supporting filmmakers with unique voices and diverse perspectives,” said said MarVista CEO Szew. “We look forward to further partnering with David and the team at Canvas to deliver this premium content to our cross-platform partners around the world.”