COVERT MEDIA CLOSES MULTIPLE DEALS ON ANDY TENNANT’S “THE SECRET MOVIE” STARRING KATIE HOLMES
Los Angeles, California (November 2, 2018) – Covert Media has sold the feature film The Secret Movie to multiple major international territories amidst the American Film Market, it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson. The newest project from director Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) stars Katie Holmes (All We Had, Logan Lucky, The Gift), Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, What They Had, “Yellowstone”),Celia Weston (Knight and Day, The Intern), and Jerry O’Connell (Billions,” Stand by Me”). Principal photography began earlier this week in New Orleans.
The film is based on the groundbreaking self-help book The Secret, which was published in 2006, has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 different languages, and remained on “The New York Times” bestseller list for 190 weeks. The screenplay is written by Bekah Brunstetter, writer on NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us,” with participation from Tennant and longtime writing partner Rick Parks (Ever After: A Cinderella Story). Joe Gelchion’s Tri-G, Matthew George’s Savvy Media Holdings and Robert Katz under his Shine Box banner recently boarded the film to produce, alongside Robert Cort Productions, Illumination Entertainment, and Covert Media. Producers include: Robert Cort, Rhonda Byrne, Paul Hanson, Matthew George, and Robert Katz and Joe Gelchion, who is fully financing the film.
The Secret Movie has been sold to: Village Roadshow for Australia; Dutch Film Works for Benelux; Wild Bunch for Germany and Spain; Empire Entertainment for South Africa; Imagem for Latin America; PVR for India; Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia; Gulf Films for Middle East; CGV for Indonesia; Acme for Baltics; United King for Israel; Lusomundo for Portugal; Ascot Elite for Switzerland; Tanweer for Greece; Samfilm for Iceland; The Moments for Turkey; Top Film for CIS; Pioneer in Philippines; Shaw in Singapore; Movie Cloud in Taiwan; Fox International for Pan Asia TV; and Pictureworks for the airlines.
The Secret Movie centers around a hard-working young widow with three children who hires a handyman to fix her house after a terrible storm. As the handyman grows closer to the family, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of thought to create what we want, but the widow soon realizes he carries a secret connection to her past.
George and Gelchion produced and financed A Private War starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci which Aviron Pictures will release on Nov. 4th. Previous credits for George also include Taylor Sheridan’s lauded feature Wind River starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as well as Rob Reiner’s LBJ and Shock and Awe.
TRI-G is a finance entity led by Joe Gelchion that fully finances entertainment projects.
ABOUT ROBERT CORT
Robert Cort has produced forty-eight feature films that have grossed $3.0 billion in worldwide box office. These include Outrageous Fortune, Three Men and a Baby, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Cocktail, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, The Cutting Edge, Operation Dumbo Drop, Jumanji, Runaway Bride, Mr. Holland’s Opus and Save the Last Dance. His next film On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones will release Christmas Day.
ABOUT COVERT MEDIA
Launched in August 2015, Covert Media are an independent production, financing, and distribution company based in Beverly Hills, a partnership between global private equity fund Media Content Capital (MCC) and veteran film executive Paul Hanson. Covert Media focuses on high-quality, commercial content for worldwide audiences in the feature film, television, and digital marketplace by fostering meaningful relationships with filmmakers and creative artists.
Along with Covert’s own production slate and sales, including the star-studded Ophelia which premiered worldwide at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, The Secret Movie starring Katie Holmes based on the best-selling book by Rhonda Byrne, Netflix’s Naked starring Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall, and Resurface, which is being produced alongside Broken Road Productions, the company services and supports the library and upcoming projects for MCC-owned QED. Covert Media recently launched Lexica Films, a sales label for foreign language features.