Trio pull in for full service
Manager-producers launch firmManager-producers Matt Luber, Lena Roklin and Larry Schapiro have joined forces to form the full-service management and production firm Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Luber and Schapiro were partners in Nine Yards Entertainment, while Roklin headed Roklin Management. The trio are partners in the new entity, with Luber and Roklin serving as co-heads. Schapiro is serving as COO and running the production division and record label.
Luber Roklin's client roster includes Paul Walker, Jaime Pressly, Adam Goldberg, Neal McDonough, Lauren Holly, Lindsay Price, Jenna Dewan, Billy Zane, Kevin Sorbo, Drew Tyler Bell and Joss Stone; directors Fred Durst, Scott Glosserman and Walt Becker; and writers Arthur Marcum and Matt Holloway, David Digilio and Zac Stanford.
Managers at the company include Alex Cole, Katie Mason, Tim Taylor and Mara Santino. Steve Crawford heads the literary department and is involved on the production side as well.
Luber and Roklin said the move to team up made sense.
"We had a desire to infuse new energy into the talent department, and there was no one better than Lena who could mesh well as a partner and complement everyone's skill set," said Luber, who also has been an executive producer on "Evan Almighty," "Into the Blue" and "Running Scared."
Added Roklin: "The business has changed, and you have to be more creative. With Matt's producing and developing background and ability to produce films, it gives us the ability to do everything in one hub to create fireworks for our clients."
Production just wrapped on two feature films that Luber Roklin is involved with: "Love Lies Bleeding," starring Christian Slater and clients Dewan, Brian Geraghty, Jacob Vargas and Tara Summers; and "Insanitarium," whose cast includes client Kurt Caceres. It is working on the latter in collaboration with producing partner Andrew Golov, former head of production at Artisan Entertainment.
Luber Roklin also is a producer on "The Golden Door," co-written and directed by client David Rosenthal and featuring clients Sarah Roemer and Samuel Page, and is set to go into production next month on an untitled comedy starring Goldberg.
The company also is attached to executive produce "Cryptozoologists," a comedy by client David Gilcreast set up at New Line; "Kept Men," a comedy by client Amy Snow at Paramount; and "Brides Wars," which Kate Hudson is attached to star in for New Regency. It also is putting together financing for a project titled "The Mechanics of Ordinary Living," written and to be directed by client Brian Jun.
Luber Roklin also has a music division that has a distribution deal with Warner Music Group for CDs and DVDs.