Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment's Landmark Studio Group Partners With ORWO Studios to Greenlight Production of Supernatural Thriller Series Safehaven

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Published on: July 1, 2020

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Landmark Studio Group (Landmark), a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, and Louisiana-based production studio, ORWO Studios (Twilight, The Magnificent Seven, Blaze, Jeepers Creepers, Born to be Blue) will partner on the production of 10 x 1 hour episodes of a new supernatural thriller series, Safehaven, created by James Seale (30 Below, Throttle) who will serve as showrunner with Brad Turner (24, Designated Survivor, Homeland) on board to direct.

Safehaven, which is slated for production to begin in Q3 of this year in Louisiana and currently casting, tells the story of high school comic artist Jenna Frost, who must uncover the truth after horrifying visions come to life from her creations, threatening to destroy everything around her. Executive producers include Brad Turner, James Seale, Jessica Petelle (Wayward Pines, Bitten), Kevin V. Duncan (Juncture), Tom Vitale (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown), ORWO Productions’ Terry Bird and Jake Seal, Landmark’s David Ozer and Tim Rouhana and Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group. Landmark will market the series, which will be distributed by Screen Media.

“Safehaven takes the high school drama into new territory wrapping it in a 70’s style conspiracy thriller of suspense, paranoia, dark humor and otherworldly horror. It’s Euphoria meets H.P. Lovecraft and has all of the elements to deliver an empowering, edge-of-your-seat experience, with James’ dynamic script and Brad’s proven talent leading the charge, along with a top-notch production team,” said Landmark’s Ozer. “ORWO Studios, with its large studio lot and accommodation, is the perfect place to shoot in these challenging times – where we can isolate the cast and crew in a secure, quarantined environment.”

“There are so many interesting facets to shooting in Louisiana and no better location for a supernatural thriller. Like everyone else, we are ready to get back into production and to collaborate with Landmark and the stellar production team to bring Safehaven to life this fall,” commented ORWO Studio’s Seal. “Excitingly this production is going to embrace the best of old world production techniques, including analoge film stocks, from the ORWO/Agfa collection and also cutting edge Virtual Set technologies to create the exciting parallel world in the Safehaven story. We also intend to utilize holograms from Groove Media And Entertainment in both the production and the promotion of Safehaven.”


Landmark Studio Group, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, is a fully-integrated entertainment company, which aims to create compelling, engaging and entertaining content for global distribution utilizing internal distribution channels, including Crackle Plus and Screen Media Ventures, or in partnership with third party platforms. Recent projects include the feature film Willy’s Wonderland, starring Nicolas Cage; the action film series, Trigger Point; and the television series, SafeHaven, as well as projects in active development to be produced in Fall 2020 and beyond, including the original dramedy series, Flagrant, starring Michael Rapaport. Landmark Studio Group is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles.


Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns a majority stake in Crackle Plus, a company formed with Sony Pictures Television, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.


ORWO was originally founded in 1909 and is one of the last remaining manufacturers of analogue film (16mm through to 70mm) for: stills photography, cine camera and distribution prints. Orwo Studios, a Louisiana film studio, is a wholly owned subsidiary and benefits from a vertically integrated structure boasting: accommodation, post production, VFX, camera rental, stereopscopic services and advanced virtual set technologies.


Screen Media Ventures, LLC, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, acquires the rights to high quality, independent television series and feature films for the US and Canada. Screen Media Ventures acquires worldwide rights for distribution through theatrical, home video, pay-per-view, free, cable and pay television, video-on-demand, and new digital media platforms. The company acquires AVOD rights for third party networks and is the main supplier of content for Crackle Plus and other Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment properties. With a library of over 1,500 television series and motion pictures, Screen Media Ventures is one of the largest independent suppliers of high-quality TV series and motion pictures to U.S. and international broadcast markets, cable networks, home video outlets and new media venues. For more information, visit:

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