Greg Coolidge, Partner, is the creator and writer, most recently, of Universal Pictures’ Ride Along franchise. Ride Along set Universal’s box office record for Martin Luther King weekend, and the biggest January opening of all time at $48.6 million. Currently it has grossed over $276 million world-wide, with combined budgets under $50 million. Greg is also the writer-director of the Lionsgate release Employee of the Month, which until The Expendables franchise, was Lionsgate’s fastest film to go into production in its history. He co-created, directed, and executive produced the WGA award-winning action adventure show The Troop, Nickelodeon’s highest budgeted show ever, which ran for 40 episodes. With over twenty feature and television projects set up at every major studio, including one of the largest pitch sales of the last five years, Cockblocker, to Paramount for $1.25 million, Greg has earned his way into a small group of writer- director-producers who have the benefit of an open door anywhere in Hollywood.
Kirk Ward, Partner, is attached to write and executive-produce, with Greg Coolidge, The Expendables television series for Lionsgate and Millennium, set to air on Fox. Together, they have two feature films ready for production, Take My Wife, set to star Tyler Perry and The Rock, and Roadrunner, set to star Scott Eastwood and Trace Adkins, for producer Scott Mednick. They also created the live action series The Last Ninja for Cartoon Network. Kirk’s feature script, First, Last and Security was set up at Disney with Jack Black attached to star, and he sold a subsequent project to the studio, Park It Here. Kirk was a member of the in influential theatre company, The Actors’ Gang, and has appeared in dozens of feature films, from Forrest Gump to Lords of Dogtown, and he most recently starred in the Amazon Studios pilot, Zombieland, as well as an untitled pilot for the producers of the Jackass franchise, at NBC.
Celebrity Guest Speaker: Oscar winning Actor/Director RAY McKinnon, known to many fans for creating “Rectify” for Sundance Channel.