RELATIVITY MEDIA HOSTS STAR-STUDDED MEET & GREET WITH HI FILM REPS & LEGISLATORS

RELATIVITY MEDIA HOSTS STAR-STUDDED MEET & GREET WITH HI FILM REPS & LEGISLATORS








RELATIVITY MEDIA’S CEO RYAN KAVANAUGH PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS AS HE PUSHES HAWAII TO MORE THAN DOUBLE TAX INCENTIVES








Following hours of testimony on Monday before a Hawaii Senate committee over a proposed bill to increase Hawaii’s tax incentives for film and television productions shooting in Hawaii, Relativity Media’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (above) hosted a two hour-plus cocktail party at Mandalay Restaurant in downtown Honolulu where more than 100 state legislators, Maui County officials, including Rod Antone, public information officer for the MAui mayor, and production representatives, including film production executive Chris Lee and Maui location manager Glenn Beadles gathered to meet and discuss the bill….



But it wasn’t all free drinks and Peking Duck. Kavanaugh, known for his business agressive style and charismatic sales pitches, flew in a cadre of stars on his private jet  from Los Angeles to woo the Hawaii contingent. Stars attending included Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Cuba Gooding, TV star Zack Braff, Emmy Award winner Roseanne Barr, and Bradley  Cooper, minus girlfriend Rene Zellweger, and Branscomb Richmond…Kavanaugh roamed the room espousing his passion for making movies and Hawaii. He has a home on Maui…But his primary mission was to tell the gathering that Hawaii could attract 20-30 major film and TV productions a year – including some from his own company – if the state’s tax incentives for productions were increased to as much as 35 percent on Oahu and 40 percent on the Neighbor Islands. He also wants to build a studio on Maui partly with taxpayer funds and create a program to train future crew…



Prior to the cocktail party, Kavanaugh met privately with the Hawaii Film and Entertainment Board that included Georgia Skinner, Hawaii’s Creative Industries Division administrator that includes he state film office, Walea Constantinau, Oahu’s film commissioner, and SAG executive director Brenda ChingChris Lee, who is doing some liasoning for Relativity Media here in Hawaii, said the opportunity “seems amazing” and “deserves at the least a close look” to see if the proposal can work “for Hawaii”…Kavanaugh showed a brief film of various actors he’s worked with either promoting the Senate bill or saying how much they wanted to work again in Hawaii with a few shakas thrown in for familiarity sake…



Actor Branscomb Richmond believes the proposal is “a platinum opportunity” to put Hawaii “in the drivers seat” in the United States to attract productions, especially Maui where he also has a home…”We can’t let this get away from us,” he said…







Speaking of Roseanne Barr, who was dressed in a bright pink pants suit, well she’s back on TV in a new Lifetime docu-series as she sets out to run a macadamia nut farm on the Big Island….The program will follow Barr as she runs a 40-acre nut farm along with her writer-musician boyfriend Johnny Argent and her son, Jake. She “uses a take-no-prisoners approach in shaping a Utopian dream for herself and her loved ones,” says the press release…



“I’m coming back down to earth, and keeping it real,” Barr said in a statement. “They’ve said ‘Roseanne’s nuts’ for years, and now I’m going to make that a reality — I’m all about nuts now, macadamia nuts!”…



Lifetime ordered sixteen half-hour episodes of the as-yet-untitled series which will debuts sometime in 2011…





Meanwhile, back at the Kavanaugh party, shortly after 10 p.m. celebs were driven to Honolulu Airport then whisked back to L.A. on the private jet on which they arrived…

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So exactly what is Relativity Media? It’s a media and entertainment company that focuses on creating, financing and distributing studio-quality entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms, as well as making strategic partnerships with, and opportunistic investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets.  Relativity owns and operates Rogue, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of lower-budget genre films, which has had particular success within the horror genre with films including The Unborn and The Strangers.  Building upon its foundation of financing and producing films, Relativity has grown to include music, sports and television divisions and the next-generation social network iamrogue.com.  Relativity also owns and operates RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, which has become one of the leading suppliers of reality television with more than 20 shows in episodic or pilot.  RelativityREAL is run by Tom Forman; his past successes include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Kid Nation



To date, Relativity has committed to, produced and/or financed more than 200 studio-quality motion pictures through 2014.  Released films have accumulated more than $13.0 billion in worldwide box office revenue.  Relativity’s recent films include Dear John, Brothers, The Wolfman, It’s Complicated, Zombieland, Couples Retreat, The Bounty Hunter and, most recently, Get Him to the Greek, Robin Hood and Grown Ups.  Upcoming films for Relativity include The Fighter, Despicable Me, Charlie St. Cloud, Salt, Nanny McPhee 2, The Social Network as well as James Cameron’s Sanctum in 3D and Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take in 3D.  Twenty-nine of the company’s films have opened at No. 1 at the box office.  Relativity films have earned 43 Oscar® nominations, including nods for Nine, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma.  Forty-eight of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts…



Kavanaugh has been a principal of Relativity since 2004.  In 2004 he advised on a film production financing structure for Marvel Entertainment, to which International Financial Law Review awarded “Securitization Deal of the Year” in March, 2006, and was provided an investment-grade rating and insured by Ambac.  For Exception Wild Bunch, Kavanaugh wrote the company’s business plan, advised on its financial structures and on the raising of both its production and operating capital.  Kavanaugh was also involved in a $528 million film financing transaction with Warner Bros. in 2005. Since then, he has been involved in the formation of the Gun Hill Road I and Gun Hill Road II transactions with Sony and Universal and the Beverly Blvd  transaction with Sony…



Kavanaugh also developed the Relativity Single Picture Business (“RSPB”), which provides finance and production for A-list talent in the independent film marketplace.  RSPB has provided over $400 million of financing to independent features including Mr. Brooks starring Kevin Costner, William Hurt and Demi Moore; 3:10 to Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale for director James Mangold; The Bank Jobstarring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows, directed by Roger Donaldson; The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan for director Rob Minkoff; and Brothers starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman, directed by Jim Sheridan. In 2002, Kavanaugh formed Relativity Management, representing clients such as Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney’s Section 8 Productions, Keanu Reeves’ Company Films, and Robert Evans…










Pixar will release two new short films starring Woody and pals by year’s end. The first short, Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation, will run with Cars 2, which will arrive in theaters on June 24. Pixar unveiled Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation at a gathering of about 300 Disney investors and analysts in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. (Barbie and Ken try to stow away with Bonnie for a Hawaii trip but get left home, to their enormous disappointment; Woody, Buzz and the other toys try to console the pair by improvising an island vibe but . . . it doesn’t go well.) The second short — a title was not announced — will run with The Muppets, a Disney feature film set for a Thanksgiving release…









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