Solis Studios and Kodiak Pictures to co-fund Defiant Studios Slate
Defiant, behind genre titles like ‘The Knocking’ (pictured above during production) and ‘Offseason’, will make several feature films under the partnership, with the first to shoot this summer.
It is the first major move by SOLIS, the film division of the media and technology collective headed by former “One Tree Hill” star Brett Claywell and Brendan de Kauwe. The company’s goal is to create “deeper layers of engagement between content and the communities that consume it,” says their mission statement, including the use of blockchain technology. SOLIS also counts Polygon Studios as a technology partner.
“Over the past year, we’ve really aligned with this team and become fans of their work, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to launch SOLIS Studios with this slate of films,” said Claywell. “We also look forward to beginning our work of building organic communities around feature films, providing audiences with authentic opportunities to engage with the stories and talent they cherish in ways never before possible.”
Fadida’s Kodiak has co-financed such projects as Oscar-nominated “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and Sony’s “Bloodshot.” The company has previously teamed up with Defiant on left-field Netflix sensation “John Henry.”
“We are continually excited to partner with Kodiak again on a new slate of films, and equally thrilled to bring SOLIS into the fold. I think a partnership like this, with our infrastructure and the cutting-edge technology of SOLIS, will be the perfect mix to advance our reach with the films we produce,” added Fleischman.
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