LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Former senior vice president of MGM and Sony Pictures Eric Paquette launches a new company, Meridian Pictures, to focus on creating content for film and television. “I have spent the past 25 years creating content for global audiences, both in film and television. Today, content providers have never had so much information about what their audience wants, and I look forward to working with direct-to-consumer platforms, financiers, and studios to help them fill. their pipeline of compelling stories for their specific audience. “
Projects in development include Writer’s Papa Alpha Heavy Michael walker, an action thriller set on a commercial airline. Gary Fleder is set to direct, and that of Christian Mercure Capstone finance.
Other projects Paquette is packing include screenwriter’s Meltdown Jessica postigo, based on the life of Bonnie klea, the former Rocketdyne employee whose advocacy for workers victims of nuclear radiation exposure at the contaminated field laboratory in Santa Susanna led to a massive restitution program. Paquette will produce.
Kinetics, of Chris Denis, is an action thriller in which a truck driver must deliver dangerous cargo to save his pregnant wife. Paul Katis is attached to direct, with Carson reeves.
The Hot Red Lights, from Morenike Balogun, is described as a “tonal blend of Pulp Fiction and Drive”. The thriller follows a young Nigerian woman living in that of Tokyo Red light district which “seeks to protect itself from the Yakuza to discover that it will never be able to overcome its past”.
Operation Checkmate, by Postigo, described as “the true story of the hostage rescue mission of three Americans and the French presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt in the jungles infested by the FARC Colombia. Paquette will produce with RCN Media.
Ascension, by Brooks mclaren and Dave rosenthal, is the story of the Hall of Fame boxer Billy Miske. Rosenthal will direct and Paquette will produce with Bruce nash and Rosenthal.
What is there for me, by John Pogue, is the true story of an ancient sage who infiltrated to slaughter members of the Arizona State legislature in an undercover operation called “AzScam”. Paquette will produce with Pogue, who acquired the book on which the screenplay is based.
Georgia in Hawaii, through Rose Lichter-Marck, is based on the story of the 14 days that Georgia o’keeffe passed in Maui in 1939, and the 13-year-old girl who changed her life.
Executive Decree, Robert tannen, is a political thriller in the vein of No Way Out.
Paquette also has a list of TV projects. Meridian acquired the rights to The New Chardonnay, based on Heather cabot book with writers Alice o’neill and Jada Nation attached. The book is captioned “The unlikely story of how marijuana became mainstream”. Cabot and Lisa Leshne will be executive producer with Paquette.
Also on the program: The Port Authority, inspired by the career of Michel valenti, the former head of the fight against terrorism of the Port Authority of new York and New Jersey. Meridian has acquired its rights for life.
The Superintendent is a series in development with Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, and will focus on the life of a big city superintendent. Paquette will produce with Christophe Morphew, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Eric spent the first part of his career in the Sports, News and Entertainment divisions of CBS and the highly regarded executive is one of the few to Hollywood with significant creative experience in all mediums.
At MGM, Paquette worked on the James Bond franchise and oversaw The Barbershop films, among other projects. At Sony’s Screen Gems, he recently worked on The Intruder, as well as Slenderman, No Good Deed, The Wedding Ringer, and Friends with Benefits, among other projects.
He has been very active in political industry circles and served on the national finance committees of President Biden and President Obama. Paquette was also Chief Financial Officer of that of Eric Garcetti campaign at the town hall. He is also a commissioner and past chair of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
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