announced the launch of New Arc Ent., a film production company producing live-action feature films and animated movies in the supernatural/thriller/action genre. New Arc is committed to producing multiple live-action features, several animated films and one animated series within its first 15 months of operation. John W. Hyde, coo of IDT Ent., will manage the new company.
Principal photography on THE FALLEN ONES, New Arc's first feature, was completed in September 2004. The film, starring Casper Van Dien, Robert Wagner, Tom Bosley and Kristin Miller, and directed by Kevin Van Hook, is a supernatural thriller. New Arc's next film, ALL SOULS DAY: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, starring Laura Elena Harring and Danny Trejo and directed by Jeremy Kasten, (THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS), began principal photography in October 2004. The film was produced by Mindfire Ent. through their CFQ Films division and was written by Mark Altman and produced by Mark Gottwald and Altman, also publishers of CFQ (formerly CINEFANTASTIQUE) and FEMME FATALES magazines. Additional New Arc projects in pre-production include several feature films with producer Stephen J. Cannell (SILK STALKINGS, 21 JUMP STREET).
IDT Ent. animation productions included under the New Arc umbrella are: EL SUPERBEASTO by Rob Zombie, Todd McFarlane's SPAWN and the six picture series STAN LEE PRESENTS... the first two of which are "Chameleon" and "El Lobo." New Arc anticipates additional announcements for new projects soon.
"New Arc's major launch is sparking interest in Hollywood," said Jim Courter, IDT's ceo. "First, IDT Ent. made its mark in animation by assembling a group of innovative and creative companies. Now, New Arc is bringing together today's top talent to deliver live action movies to an audience of millions."
Initially, New Arc will distribute its movies direct-to-DVD. Anchor Bay, IDT Ent.'s home video subsidiary, will distribute New Arc product in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. IDT Ent. Sales will handle international sales in all media.
"Anchor Bay currently distributes a number of cult classics by George Romero, John Carpenter, Clive Barker and Sam Rami," said John Hyde, ceo of New Arc Ent. "Through New Arc, IDT Ent. continues the genre with a lineup of new classics guaranteed to cause viewers to watch with the lights on while sitting on the edge of their seats."
For many of New Arc's live-action features the company will rely on DPS Film Roman's Forum Visual Effects for visual effects work.
IDT Ent., a division of IDT Corp., is a vertically integrated entertainment concern that develops, produces and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content, with a particular focus on high-quality animation. For more information, visit www.idtentertainment.com