Infinity will last for three years with First Look
EmptyMichael Ohoven and his production company, Infinity Media, have signed a three-year production, development, distribution and overhead deal with First Look Studios.
In the nonexclusive deal, First Look will take on a minority interest in Infinity, and Ohoven will bring in select projects in development. Former First Look Pictures vp development and production Kevin Turen has been named president of Infinity.
It's the first major production pact for First Look under the new leadership of its revamped parent company, First Look Holdings, co-chaired by Avi Lerner and Henry Winterstern. The new outfit was created in March to acquire a controlling interest in First Look Studios after Lerner's Nu Image bought First Look Studios for $65 million-$75 million. Lerner, Winterstern, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short serve as First Look Holdings principals.
Ohoven, who was a producer on "Pride," "Saved" and the Oscar-nominated "Capote," will move Infinity into First Look's Century City offices. Ohoven will maintain previously arranged agreements and relationships with other studios and distributors.
Among the Infinity projects that might eventually make their way to First Look are two films based on true stories, the horse racing drama "Winalota Cash" and the motorcyclist biopic "Hailwood." Other Infinity films in development include the family drama "Backroads," based on Tawni O'Dell's novel; the sci-fi thriller "Push"; and the mystery thriller "Invisible." Infinity's thriller "Bug" will be released next month by Lionsgate.
"(Michael's) films have made over $600 million worldwide, and many have met with great critical acclaim," Winterstern said. "He brings a lot to the table in the way of business savvy and creative input." The alliance dovetails with First Look's new emphasis on in-house production.
Turen served at First Look since 2004. Before that, he was vp production at Winterstern's Capital Entertainment.