‘Joker’ and ‘Resident Evil’ producers support upgrade productions – The Hollywood Reporter
Joker the Bron donor and resident Evil Producer Constantin Film supports Upgrade Productions, the new production team of industry veterans Matt Brodlie and Jonathan Kier. With their new Los Angeles-based label, Brodlie and Kier aim to develop and produce high-end local-language films and series for global audiences.
Constantin will take a stake in the company and collaborate with Upgrade on selected projects. Bron, a Canada-based studio whose recent production credits include Nia DaCosta’s horror thriller Candy and the next by Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza, will have a strategic partnership with the company.
Upgrade seeks to capitalize on the growing demand for local language content around the world, a boom driven by the expansion of global streaming services. The company said it “is already working with some of the world’s largest creators and production companies in territories such as Eastern Europe, Latin America and Japan, among others” and “is actively funding the development of original intellectual property with local authors, filmmakers and showrunners “. with the first feature film and television projects to be announced in the coming weeks.
“There has been a profound change in viewing habits around the world which has led to a dramatic increase in the demand for foreign language films and series,” Brodlie said in a statement. Kier added, “These are exciting times for our industry and for local creators entering the world stage.”
Constantine is one of the premier international production houses, with a roster that includes major international titles including Monster hunter and the resident Evil franchise, German language features such as Fall and the blockbuster Fack Ju Goehte school comedy franchise and several original television series, both in English (Shadow Hunters and the next one resident Evil on Netflix) and in German (Perfume on Netflix, We, the children of the Bahnhof Zoo on Amazon Prime).
Toronto-based Bron is a leading independent financier and producer whose activities range from studio funding to feature films such as Judas and the Black Messiah and The green knight, its investment in the television and film production company of Michael Ellenberg Media Res (AppleTV + The morning show, HBO Max Scenes from a wedding).
Former Sierra Affinity executive Max Kondziolka joins Upgrade as director of international sales and production, and Clara Bartlett, who worked with Brodlie at Disney + and Netflix, will take on the role of content manager at the new company. . Additional senior management positions will be announced shortly.