Toronto, Ontario Canada
The First Action-Thriller Film in a Planned Franchise to Begin Production Near Toronto on October 26th with Brad Turner Directing
High Park Entertainment (Netflix’s V-Wars and October Faction), in association with Landmark Studio Group (Willy’s Wonderland, Safehaven), a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) company, announced today the start of production on an all-new action-thriller feature film, Trigger Point, starring multi-award-winning talent, Barry Pepper (The Kennedys, Running with the Devil, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile).
Trigger Point, which will enter production on October 26th near Toronto, will be directed by Brad Turner (24, Designated Survivor, Homeland) and the screenplay is by Michael Vickerman (Tut, Impact). The feature will be executive produced by Turner, Vickerman, Pepper, Jessica Petelle, High Park Entertainment’s Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden, Landmark Studio Group’s David Ozer and Tim Rouhana, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment’s David Fannon, Seth Needle and Conor McAdam, and David Nagelberg. Thomas Vencelides serves as producer. Landmark Studio Group will market the film.
Pepper has a history of taking on courageous and dramatic roles such as those in Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and True Grit. He received an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Bobby Kennedy in The Kennedys and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his portrayal of Roger Maris in the HBO sports drama 61*. Pepper can be seen recently in last year's hit Paramount film, Crawl.
Trigger Point is the first in a planned series of action franchise films centered around lead character, Nicolas Shaw (Pepper), who is a retired U.S. special operative who worked in the darkest shadows of the government, part of an elite “invisible” team that quietly took out some of the worst villains around the world. After being blamed for the exposure, and ultimately the assassination, of several members of his own team Nicolas disappeared into a life of solitude and indignity. Now two years removed, he is reluctantly drawn back into this dangerous world - with both enemies and supposed friends coming after him to not only clear his name, but to prevent the killing of a new generation of noble operatives.
“We are excited to be getting back into production and collaborating with Landmark Studio Group and the tremendous cast and crew we have on board for Trigger Point,” commented High Park Entertainment’s Birnberg. “We have a stellar script with a dynamic lead character that will no doubt translate into multiple compelling storylines for years to come.”
“Trigger Point has all the elements to become a global action movie franchise led by the talents of Barry Pepper, with Brad Turner directing and an all-star production team in Canada,” stated Landmark Studio Group’s Ozer. “We are excited to be working with High Park Entertainment to bring the Nicolas Shaw character to life for a global audience ”
ABOUT HIGH PARK ENTERTAINMENT
High Park Entertainment and its principals specialize in producing, co-producing and executive producing film and television content for the international marketplace. Recent productions include the action film series, Trigger Point; and two Netflix Original series, V-Wars, starring Ian Somerhalder, and October Faction, starring Tamara Taylor. Previous co-productions include feature film thrillers The Privileged, starring Sam Trammell, and Nightrunners, shot in rural Kenya and premiered at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Previous executive productions include the animated family feature film Pirate’s Passage, starring Donald Sutherland. High Park Entertainment is headquartered in Toronto.
ABOUT LANDMARK STUDIO GROUP
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.
ABOUT CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT
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 APlus.com. 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.