Gravitas Ventures and Submarine Deluxe partner on SHOWRUNNERS


SAN DIEGO, CA (July 24, 2014) – Gravitas Ventures and Submarine Deluxe are partnering to release the documentary film SHOWRUNNERS this fall, it was announced today by Nolan Gallagher of Gravitas and Dan Braun of Submarine Deluxe. Submarine will bring the film to theaters in October, while Gravitas will release the film on VOD day and date with the theatrical release. The film, which incorporates several scenes from previous Cons, will have an Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 25 at 3:30pm at the Horton Grand Theatre.

Featuring some of the most creative voices in television today - J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Janet Tamaro (Rizzoli & Isles), Jonathan Nolan (Persons of Interest), Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), and many more – SHOWRUNNERS is an intriguing behind-the-scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV’s recent revolution. Directed by Des Doyle, SHOWRUNNERS is the first ever feature-length documentary to explore the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing, and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports - television drama and comedy series.

SHOWRUNNERS is a Black Sheep / Romark / Junto Production with financing from the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter. It is produced by John Wallace and Rock Shaink, with co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey. Executive Producers are Jason Rose, Jimmy Nguyen, and Christof Bove.

Following the Comic-Con screening there will be a Q&A with director Des Doyle and co-producer Ryan Patrick McGuffey, as well as some of the showrunners featured in the film, including Mike Royce (Enlisted, Men Of A Certain Age, Everybody Loves Raymond) and Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory). The Q&A will be moderated by Tara Bennett who is also the author of the film’s official companion book, Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show, which will be published September 2 by Titan Books.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Des Doyle and the rest of the SHOWRUNNERS team on this ground breaking documentary,” remarked Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures. “Television fans of all ages will appreciate this behind-the-scenes account of how their favorite shows get made.”

Dan Braun, Co-President of Submarine Deluxe, said, “SHOWRUNNERS is a unique film that reveals some of the never-before-seen inner workings of the television business. We are excited to be collaborating with Gravitas to bring this film to both big and small screen audiences.”

Director Des Doyle remarked, “we are very excited to be releasing Showrunners in the US and are delighted to be working with our partners Submarine and Gravitas”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Dan Braun of Submarine and by Nolan and Brendan Gallagher on behalf of Gravitas Ventures.

Website - showrunnersthemovie.com
Twitter - @showrunnersfilm
Facebook - Facebook.com/showrunners
YouTube Channel - Showrunnersfilm

Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with leading distribution partners across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films across worldwide platforms. Some of their recent releases include Dave Grohl's 2013 Sundance premiere SOUND CITY, the Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon starrer SUNLIGHT JR and Sundance smash PING PONG SUMMER, starring Susan Sarandon. Their upcoming releases include the Sundance supernatural drama JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD, THE LONGEST WEEK starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde and the action thriller FELONY, starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. For more information, please check out www.gravitasventures.com and @GravitasVOD.

Submarine Deluxe is a domestic theatrical and DVD imprint of which recent releases include Chasing Ice, Dear Mr. Watterson, Casting By, Wild Style 30th Anniversary Remastered, and Downtown 81 30th Anniversary Remastered. Submarine Deluxe is a division of boutique sales, distribution, and production company Submarine, based in NYC. Recent and upcoming titles include Keep on Keeping On, Time Is Illmatic, Beyond the Brick: a Lego Brickumentary, Dior & I, Peggy Guggenheim: Art of This Century, Robert Frank: You Got Eyes, 20 Feet from Stardom, Dirty Wars, Cutie & the Boxer, Dinosaur 13, The One I Love, Battered Bastards of Baseball, Ivory Tower, The Green Prince, The Case Against 8, To Be Takei, Happy Valley, Ping Pong Summer, Watchers of the Sky, Blackfish, Muscle Shoals, Searching for Sugar Man, and The Summit.