Since its founding in Curt Hahn's spare bedroom in 1976, Film House has brought hundreds of millions of dollars of film production work to Nashville - 98% of it from out of state. That revenue has translated into tens of thousands of jobs for Tennesseans. Our movies have been released theatrically across the U.S. by studios like MGM, shown repeatedly around the world on outlets like HBO, Prime, Apple TV, Netflix, Showtime, Sky TV, Lifetime and Hallmark and translated into dozens of languages, even Mandarin for showing in China.
For years we've worked with Chip Murray, the Managing Partner of The Panda Fund. Chip's background is in Investment Banking and Private Equity where he's managed over 50 mergers and acquisitions and closed over $1 billion of debt and equity financing.
Now Chip and Curt have launched a Private Equity Film & TV Investment Fund to bring more production work to Tennessee and further establish Nashville as a broad-based entertainment capital.
The fund has two primary prerequisites for investing in a project:
The projects must qualify for the state of Tennessee film and TV incentive program.
The projects will have to have already raised at least 80% of their budget.
We're a compelling option for serious productions that have already demonstrated the ability to attract capital but need to complete their financing.
But getting your project made is only half the battle. Unless you monetize it successfully you've not succeeded. And that's where we can help the most - because our goal is to have an output deal with an established movie studio or streamer, making our fund infinitely more attractive to filmmakers and investors.
Headquartered in our 40,000 square foot studio, editing and office facility in Nashville, the Film House team has produced hundreds of movies and TV commercials for clients from around the world.
Film House first made its mark creating and producing TV commercials to promote radio stations, quickly becoming the worldwide leader in this specialized niche. From the classic Sing-A-Longs, to the perennially powerful Direct TV® Birthday Game campaign, to groundbreaking celebrity spots featuring Teri Garr, Janine Turner and Candice Bergen and artists like Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, The Judds, George Stait, Reba McEntire, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal and Isaac Hayes, we've helped the world's great radio stations market themselves on television in markets from Los Angeles to London, Seattle to Stockholm, New York to New Zealand, Boston to Budapest. Each Film House campaign is crafted to meet the client station's unique marketing goals and get results where it matters - in the ratings.
In 1998 Film House won the largest contract awarded by the US government for film production. After an exhaustive six month bidding and vetting process competing against the top film production companies in the country, Film House was selected to create and produce hundreds of TV and radio spot announcements annually for the American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS). Next we were selected to produce the largest single project in Film House's history - the ultra widescreen film for the immersive theatrical environment on World War I for the new National Museum of the United States Army. Our latest immersive experience "Apokalupsis: An Uncovering" will premiere in Manhattan next year before traveling to museums around the country.
Film House also produces a great variety of long form work for corporate clients from Coca-Cola to Texas Instruments and non-profits from Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities to Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank. We're particularly proud of our pro bono work for many non-profits including the Red Cross, the National Kidney Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Film House documentaries have won awards at film festivals around the world. Our most recent is a feature length documentary on the amazing and influential life of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, king of the 12-string guitar. "Lead Belly, The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll" has been shown on Sky-TV in the UK and is being released theatrically in the U.S.
Transcendent, a wholly-owned subsidiary, produces independent feature films and partners with The Panda Fund to release them theatrically. Our current projects are "Jubilee", based on the remarkable true story of Ella Sheppard and the original Fisk Jubilee Singers, and "Deadline", starring Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts as reporters investigating the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved and unpunished for almost twenty years. "Deadline" was released in theaters nationwide and is now available on DVD/VOD on Amazon, iTunes and from your cable provider. "Deadline" made waves overseas as well, with deals including Australia, South Africa, The Middle East, Holland, Brazil and even China, one of the few US movies to sell there. Transcendent's first film, "No Regrets" starring Janine Turner and Kate Jackson, has been a worldwide success, with repeated airings on HBO in Europe, Lifetime Television domestically, Hallmark in the U.K. and in dozens of other countries around the world. Next Transcendent co-produced "Two Weeks" starring two time Academy Award winner Sally Field with writer-director Steve Stockman. "Two Weeks" was released theatrically nationwide by MGM. Transcendent produces the kind of inspiring, uplifting movies that speak to the viewer's heart.