ERIC GEADELMANN (writer, director & producer of the documentary; producer of scripted feature) is a recent Austin transplant and founder of Crowfly Pictures Entertainment and Through The Fog Pictures, who entered the media and entertainment sector in 2003 with the world premiere of his critically-acclaimed debut film, The Dance – The Billy Roth Story, which he wrote, produced and self-financed.
Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage executive produced the film via his Saturn Films banner. The success of this feature documentary and its subsequent development as a scripted major motion picture for Universal Pictures, which Eric was attached to produce, prompted the launch of 821 Entertainment Group, Inc.
From 2002 to 2010, he built 821 into a Nashville-based diversified media company with divisions in motion picture and television development and production, music, digital media and communications. Highlights included Grammy and Oscar nominations for projects the company participated in, first of their kind digital media endeavors with music legend Mark Knopfler & Universal Music, Reveille Productions & USA Network, partnerships with NBC/Universal, AMD, Nicolas Cage/Saturn Films and Universal Pictures and clients such as Miramax, Warner Bros and Atlantic Records.
A former international management consultant and senior healthcare executive, Eric previously co-founded a venture capital-backed healthcare technology company that pioneered web-based applications of advanced artificial intelligence for disease prediction modeling. The Company successfully merged with the nation’s largest disease management company.
On the project level, Eric is producing and/or executive producing a slate of ten feature films including the adaptation of John Grisham’s best seller The Testament with prolific producers Mark Johnson and Hunt Lowry, a Hank Williams biopic with writer/director/producer Marc Abraham and an inspirational sports picture based on the lives of Maria Pepe and Jackie Mitchell, with Oscar nominated Mike Tollin.
A scripted feature film based on the feature documentary DAVE and the lives of Adam Donyes, Dave Sterling and Derek Derrell is currently being developed, with Eric and Mike Tollin producing. Mark Johnson is executive producing and Neil Tolkin is set to write.
Both Baylor University graduates, Eric and is wife Angie recently relocated back to Texas from Nashville with their three children (7, 5 & 3 yrs old) … mostly because they missed the Tex-Mex food and because the Bears are finally back to winning games … and trophies (e.g. “The Heisman Trophy”).
DAN PITTS (Producer) is the founding partner of Nashville-based True Artist Management where he has launched and developed numerous multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning careers of artists such as DC Talk, TobyMac and Mandisa. Beyond the management sector, Dan was founding partner of independent record label Gotee Records that has been home to many of the top artists in the CCM marketplace for fifteen years. A producer of long-form entertainment that has won multiple Dove awards, Dan produced the feature documentary Free At Last and recently partnered with Eric Geadelmann to create Through The Fog Pictures—a production company with a core focus on developing and producing biographical dramas with redemptive themes. Leveraging his stature in the music industry and a heart and orientation towards race relations and reconciliation, he co-founded the non-profit ERACE Foundation in 1998 with the primary goal of educating and equipping the nation’s youth with an understanding of the importance of interracial unity. Dan and his wife Paige live in Franklin, Tennessee with their two boys and are actively involved in New Hope Academy, a private school dedicated to serving low income families which Paige founded.
KELLY MAGELKY (Producer, Editor & Co-Director of Photography) is a creator—director & producer; cinematographer & editor—of both short and long-form nonfiction content, including Fair Fight, the feature documentary of the multi-platinum rock band The Fray, and the critically-acclaimed television series Music Voyager. Kelly partnered with longtime friend and The Fray frontman and songwriter, Isaac Slade, to form Filament Productions. Their client list includes Atlantic Records Group, Universal Music Group, Sony and Trek Bicycles. A Denver-based professional mountain bike racer for Trek, Kelly is currently ranked number two in the world. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
TIM OLIPHANT (Co-Producer, Director of Photography) is a professor of film studies and media development at Valor Christian High School in Denver. Previously, Tim led the media services division for Kanakuk Kamps, Inc., one of the largest summer camp organizations in the world with over 20,000 kids attending each summer. At Kanakuk, Tim directed and produced short-form nonfiction content and corporate/organizational videos. A Texas A&M graduate, Tim (aka “The Timinator”) was the winner of the NBC series American Gladiators in 2009. (Yes, you read that correctly too!) In fact, he is currently trying out for American Ninja. He and his wife Lauren are expecting a baby Timinator in May.
MICHAEL TOLLIN (Executive Producer of the documentary, producer of the scripted feature) is both a producer and director of theatrical motion pictures, television and documentaries in multiple genres including drama, sports, sci-fi, youth culture and comedy. Tollin has produced twelve feature films with a total box office gross of over $800 million and a worldwide gross revenue from all sources of over $1.6 billion; with budgets ranging between $10 mm and $60 mm. As a producer, Tollin’s credits include numerous family-oriented, inspirational films such as Coach Carter (Paramount), Radio (and directed, Sony), and Dreamer (Dreamworks).
In television, Tollin executive produced Smallville and One Tree Hill. Additional EP credits include Arli$$ (HBO), I’m With Her (ABC) and Bronx Is Burning and Bonds on Bonds for ESPN.
In the feature documentary arena, Tollin produced and directed the award-winning Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, which was nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy, and won the Peabody Award. Tollin oversaw the highly acclaimed ESPN documentary endeavor Thirty for Thirty.
TOBY MCKEEHAN (or “TobyMac”, Executive Producer) is an iconic Contemporary Christian music songwriter, artist and producer, and a pioneer of multi-genre, multicultural music within CCM. From the barrier-breaking trio DC Talk to an ultra-successful solo career, his album sales exceed 10 million and have garnered six number one hits and numerous awards including five Grammys. An acclaimed author, TobyMac has cowritten two books about Christian martyrs, has launched a groundbreaking independent record label (Gotee Records) and founded the nonprofit ERACE Foundation with longtime manager and partner Dan Pitts (see above).
RANDY PAUL (Executive Producer) has handled the legal and business affairs, as well as the operational and administrative aspects, of filmed entertainment for over thirty years. He has served as head of business affairs for mini-major studios, production companies and the largest media and entertainment law practice in the world. He currently holds the positions of President and COO of Crowfly Pictures Entertainment and President and CEO of the holding company 821 Entertainment Group.
Paul was the first head of business and legal affairs for Miramax Film Corporation. He was instrumental in developing the infrastructure and operations of the fledgling mini-major studio, helping lead the company to early success and industry prominence with hits like Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Grifters and My Left Foot. Beyond Miramax, Paul held similar senior executive level operations, legal & business affairs positions with Sovereign Pictures, Inc. (The Commitments, Reversal of Fortune, Hamlet) and Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (Tombstone, Nixon, Die Hard 3, Color of Night), prior to overseeing the filmed entertainment practice for Greenberg Traurig, LLP and serving as the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of 821.
NEIL TOLKIN (Executive Producer – documentary; Screenwriter & Executive Producer – Scripted feature) has been a writer in the filmed entertainment business since 1987 when he sold his first script to 20th Century Fox—the cult teen comedy License To Drive—followed by Richie Rich made by Warner Brothers. Over the years, he has had long-term deals with 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures and has sold numerous pitches including, currently, a Universal Studios comedy with Will Ferrel and a Nicolas Cage-starring drama. Additionally, Tolkin has written one of the Universal Studios drafts for Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book Unbroken, about Lou Zamperini, the WW2 war hero. He also penned the critically-acclaimed Universal picture The Emperors Club. Over the last few years, he has kept his hand in the film business (just selling a spec script to Disney studios), but is spending more time in television, including blind-script deals with 20th Century, partnered with NBC and CBS. He is currently working on a drama for CBS.
After collaborating with DAVE director Eric Geadelmann on the Universal Pictures project The Dance (based on Geadelmann’s documentary of the same title), the two have reunited to collaborate on the scripted feature film inspired by DAVE.
MATT SUMMERS (Executive Producer) is the Senior Vice President of Development for Crowfly Pictures Entertainment; prior to that, he served in the same position for Crowfly’s predecessor company, 821 Entertainment Group. Previously, Summers led the development and production endeavors for Nicolas Cage and Saturn Films, where he worked with Geadelmann to develop The Dance, starring Cage and 50 Cent, for Universal Pictures. Summers was an Associate Producer on LionsGate’s Bangkok Dangerous. While at Saturn, Summers was the on-set production executive for the upcoming Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words as well as a production executive on the feature films Next, Ghost Rider, The Wicker Man, World Trade Center, The Weather Man and Lord of War. Summers began his career at talent agency International Creative Management (ICM), after earning his degree in Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
CRAIG EILAND (Executive Producer) was named by Newsweek as one of the Top Attorneys in the United States (2011), specializing in commercial, pharmaceutical and maritime litigation. A fourteen-year member of the Texas House of Representatives and Speaker Pro Tempore (2009-2011), Eiland has served six terms on the Appropriations Committee, having appropriated over $500 billion, and, as the Vice Chairman of the Insurance Committee, has been a sponsor of every major piece of healthcare reform legislation for the past twelve years (including patient protection act, prompt payment of clean claims). Eiland has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions from a wide array of organizations, institutions and publications including Baylor University, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Boys and Girls Club, National Conference of State Legislatures Leadership Institute, Texas Medical Association, Texas Public Health Association, AARP, Texas Monthly and others. A private equity investor, Eiland has provided early stage financing for companies in diverse sectors including banking and financial services, waste management, healthcare technology and media/entertainment, including debt financing for 821 Entertainment Group. A partner in Through The Fog Productions, Craig received a B.B.A and J.D. from Baylor University.
Scripted Feature Inspired by the Documentary
MARK JOHNSON (Executive Producer of the Scripted Feature) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner and one of the most highly regarded producers in the history of Hollywood. His feature film box offices successes (over $2.5 Billion domestic) include Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Bugsy, The Notebook and most recently the Chronicles of Narnia franchise and My Sister’s Keeper. He also is executive producer of many critically acclaimed television series including the current award-winning Breaking Bad. A member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Johnson is overseeing the development and production of Crowfly’s slate of projects and directly producing many of its films including the adaptation of John Grisham’s The Testament.