The ability of the Underscore creatives to ‘deliver the goods’ is of paramount importance. However it is also essential to have a strong experienced team who are not only able to ensure the smooth running of the project but who also have a real understanding of the wider commercial issues and opportunities available.
To that end the Underscore production team is made up of individuals from the worlds of Film and Music.
On the film side we have Robert Bevan and Cyril Megret (The Salt Company (International) Ltd) and from music we have Ian Westley (Wez), Nigel Adams and Marcie Gatsky (Full Time Hobby, Hassle Records, Surrender All). Details on these companies and individuals are set out below:
The Salt Co
Salt produces, finances, markets, packages and sells films by new and established filmmakers: from the upcoming Miss You Already directed by Paul Andrew Williams and starring Jennifer Aniston to Dirty Girl with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy (released by The Weinstein Co). Other projects include Slingshot Studios’ comedy hit The Infidel written by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili; Fernando Meirelles’ City of Men (released by Miramax); Cleanskin, starring Sean Bean and Charlotte Rampling (Warner Bros release in the UK and Entertainment One have multiple territories including US); horror comedy Grabbers directed by Jon Wright (Sony releases 2012 in the UK following its Sundance premiere); office comedy Welcome to the Jungle with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Adam Brody (in production); and shooting in Summer 2012 are Miss You Already and Twist, a 3D Parkour action movie and re-imagining of Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. With combined experience on 70+ feature films over the last ten years, the Salt principals have raised in excess of $150 million in production financing (excluding pre-sales).
With a background in marketing and finance, Full Time Hobby Director Robert Bevan began to focus on media financing in 1999, first into films and then music. In 2006, together with James Lavelle of UNKLE and Mo’Wax fame and IFC, Robert helped to set up the record label Surrender All. He was a founding director of Buena Onda, a film production company, and Salt, a film finance and sales company, in 2003.
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Full Time Hobby Director Cyril Mégret has been a Senior Advisor to the International Film Collective (IFC) media group since 2002. Cyril is also a director of the independent music label Surrender All and film production and sales companies Buena Onda and Salt.
Full Time Hobby, Hassle Records, Surrender All
Full Time Hobby (FTH) and Hassle were set up in 2002, and Surrender All (SAll) in 2006. FTH focuses on indie and alternative music (eg Erland and the Carnival, Tunng, School of Seven Bells), Hassle on rock, punk and emo (DZ Deathrays, Cancer bats, We Are The Ocean), Surrender All is a joint venture with James Lavelle and UNKLE.
To date the companies have built up a catalogue of 150+ albums and have generated sales of over 1 million units in the UK alone. In addition to record label services, the company also provide artist management, music publishing and live touring services under the FTH umbrella.
Prior to setting up Full Time Hobby, Wez was General Manager of Mushroom Records (a division of News Corp.) where he helped launch some of the world’s defining acts including Garbage (10 million worldwide sales), Muse (4 million worldwide sales), Ash (2 million worldwide sales), Zero 7 (2 million worldwide sales) and Paul Oakenfold.
A founding director of Full Time, Nigel was previously Label Manager for Infectious Records where he helped Ash achieve a number one album and re-establish themselves as a platinum act. Whilst at Infectious Nigel was also instrumental in establishing The D4 as an international act, including a $1 million deal with Hollywood Records in the US.
Marcie has a background in film production, but has been the Label Manager at Surrender All since the company was formed in 2006. Her experience is very broad and covers all aspects involved in releasing albums to project managing the creation of music for commercials, films, games and brands.
Marcie will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all Underscore projects and crucially act as liaison between the creative team and the clients.