Spyglass Media Group has partnered with Propagate Content, Artists First and Off-Road Productions to form Artists Road as a new comedy film joint venture.
The companies unveiled the alliance on Wednesday, announcing that Artists Road will focus on developing, financing and producing low-budget commercial comedy films with the biggest names in the genre. Spyglass Media will take care of the worldwide distribution.
The announcement was made by Gary Barber, CEO of Spyglass; Ben Silverman, President and Co-CEO of Propagate; Peter Principato, CEO of Artists First; and Todd Garner for off-road productions. Artists Road has named Mark Korshak, formerly of Lakeshore Entertainment, CEO, and he will report to Barber, Silverman, Principato and Garner.
“Artists Road collectively brings together some of the boldest and brightest creative talents in comedy production. By combining the powerful roster of comedic talent of Artists Firsts with the production expertise of Propagate and the creative ingenuity of Off-Road, Spyglass is uniquely designed to distribute comedic hits to a global audience, ”said Barber. .
Silverman, Principato and Garner jointly said: “Motion picture comedies have always held a special place with audiences, now more than ever. We believe this is the perfect time to partner up with Gary and Spyglass and make Artists Road a destination for talented comedians and filmmakers to create high profile comedies that are widely engaging.
Spyglass Media was formed a year ago with Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic, former director of MGM, co-chairs of Barber and Lantern Entertainment. He is currently rebooting the “Scream” franchise with the return of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
The Artists First list includes Jordan Peele, Kenya Barris, Awkwafina, Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kate McKinnon, Will Arnett, Randall Park, Ed Helms, Anthony Anderson, Tracey Ellis Ross, Martin Lawrence and Ike Barinholtz as well as directors , Michael Showalter and Jon M. Chu. His comedy films include “Central Intelligence”, “Keanu”, “Like a Boss” and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” and comedy TV shows like “Black-ish,” Reno 911 “,” Key & Peele “, “Grown -ish” and “The Last OG”
Propagate Content worked on the Hulu documentaries “Hillary”, “Adam Ruins Everything” and “Jane The Virgin”. Co-CEO Ben Silverman produced “The Office” and is the former co-chairman of NBC Entertainment.
Garner has overseen over 170 feature films, including comedies such as “Tag”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Isn’t It Romantic”. He is currently finishing the production of “Vacation Friends”, a comedy for 20th Century Studios.
The joint venture agreement was negotiated by Cheryl Rodman of Spyglass with O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Drew Buckley and Kelly Fancher of Propagate Content with Eisner LLP.