Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October, 2018. The firm develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis.
The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record and is expected to grow to 65 people in its first year. The company’s founders are: President & CEO Mark Gill, the former president of Warner Independent Pictures, Miramax and Millennium Films whose recent credits include Hitman’s Bodyguard and the Olympus Has Fallen series; Production Heads Andrew Gunn (Freaky Friday, Cruella) and Guy Botham (of Vitality VFX whose recent credits include San Andreas); and Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese (formerly at STX, OTX and Marketcast, whose recent credits include Bad Moms and Halloween).
The senior team also includes Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau (formerly of Lionsgate, who sold La La Land and the Hunger Games, Saw, Red and Twilight series); US Distribution Head Elliot Slutzky (formerly of Miramax Films and Open Road); Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna (formerly of Summit Entertainment and Bold Films); Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams (formerly of Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Studio 8 and GK Films/FilmDistrict); and Physical Production Head Rene Besson (The Expendables, The Mechanic, Homefront and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call).
Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $30-80M budget range. It also plans to acquire another 2-4 films per year for wide US distribution. The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.