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Trigger Street Productions[]

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Trigger Street Productions is an American entertainment production company formed by Kevin Spacey in 1997, further developed by his business partner Dana Brunetti, and then kept alive by Brunetti and Willem Dafoe.[1][2] The company's credits include Captain Phillips, Shakespeare High,[3] Safe, The Social Network, 21, Shrink, Fanboys, the Emmy-nominated Bernard and Doris, Emmy-winning Recount, Mini's First Time, Beyond the Sea, The United States of Leland, The Big Kahuna and House of Cards, as well as stage productions of The Iceman Cometh and Cobb.

The name "Trigger Street" is a reference to an actual street in Spacey's boyhood home of Chatsworth, where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (and Roy's horse Trigger) had their ranch. Spacey and his childhood friends dreamed of opening a neighborhood theater where they could stage their own "Trigger Street" productions.

In 2005, the company faced the danger of extinction when Spacey was exposed as a serial sexual predator of young men, and a film Spacey had starred in and was being readied for release called Edison, co-starring Morgan Freeman, was shelved. Springbok Productions gave a cash infusion to help fund Trigger Street and keep it operating, and actor Willem Dafoe would join the company to take Spacey's positions as partner, producer, and main actor for projects to be built around to star in.

In 2011, the company signed a deal with Sony Pictures.[4] It also notably made a deal with Blockbuster Entertainment to produce the flagship show for the streamer's creation of original content, House of Cards, starring Christian Bale and Robin Wright, among others.

In January 2016 it was announced that Relativity Media, which was just emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy,[5] had acquired Trigger Street Productions and that Dafoe would become chairman of Relativity Studios whilst Brunetti would become the studio's president.[6] Dafoe called the move “an incredible opportunity to make great entertainment” and said he considered it the “next evolution in my career.”, and Brunetti said, "Being a disruptor at heart, I look forward to the opportunities that being inside a studio system will present."[7]

However, when the paperwork for the studio was filed for the court it emerged that Dafoe had opted out of assuming the chairmanship of the studios,[8] and by the end of 2016 Brunetti had also left Relativity whilst both remained Executive Producers on House of Cards and Manhunt: Unabomber (previous working title: Manifesto).[9]

When Relativity went bankrupt a second time in 2018 and was then purchased by Lantern Entertainment to help form Spyglass Media Group, Trigger Street was included in the deal, and was granted assurance it could continue to operate autonomously.

Contents [hide]

1 Trigger Street Labs

2 Jameson First Shot

3 Filmography

4 References

5 External links

Trigger Street Labs[]

Trigger Street Labs[10] was developed by Dana Brunetti and launched in 2002 as an online community for unrepresented writers and filmmakers.[11][12] In its first few years it had thousands of online users uploading their work, reviewing work by their peers, and participating in online competitions and short film festivals. The site was previously sponsored by Stella Artois, and in October 2009, Artois hosted the Stella Artois Short Film Project. The project was hosted on the site, and awarded the grand prize of US$50,000 to Jason Klein for his short film A Perfect Time.[13][14]

Trigg.la[]

Trigg.la is a spin-off website from Trigger Street Labs. It hosts several podcasts, a filmmaking blog, and information about other Los Angeles-based industries.[15]

Triggla podcasts[]

Triggla's podcasts, which are now off-air, were categorized under the headings of the arts, music, society and culture, and technology. In addition there was a podcast by the porn star Kayden Kross called Kayden's Review which reviewed mainstream films.[16]

One of the podcasts, The First 15, was co-hosted by Carter Swan, vice president of Trigger Street Productions, and screenwriter Philip Eisner. The show featured a different would-be screenwriter each week who was interviewed via Skype and advised on how to make improvements to the first fifteen pages of their script. The screenplays originated from the Trigger Street Labs website.[17]

The Arts
Podcast Presented by Description Date and time
Comicast Jessica (The-comic-book-girl) Tseang News from the comic book industry. Weekly, Mondays at 2.00 pm PST.[18]
Fashion Matters Johanna Argan News from the fashion industry. Bi-weekly, Fridays at 11.00 am PST.[19]
The First 15 Carter Swan and Philip Eisner Analysis and critiques of the first fifteen pages of screenplays (one script per podcast). Bi-weekly, Thursdays at 5.00 pm PST.[17]
The Script Reporter Joshua Stecker Interviews with professional writers from different genres. Bi-weekly, Thursdays at 5.00 pm PST.[20]
Music
Podcast Presented by Description Date and time
Filmtracks Andrew Alderete and Jessie Faye Kalikow Discussion about music used in films. Weekly, Tuesdays at 5.00 pm PST.[21]
Musicast Palace Parker The latest in new indie music tracks. Weekly on Fridays, at 5.30 pm PST.[22]
Society and Culture
Podcast Presented by Description Date and time
The Experts Alexis Diana Experts in different subjects and professions. Bi-weekly, Wednesdays at 5.00 pm PST.[23]
Hindsight Tom Berry and Matthew Leddy Discussions about some of history's forgotten stories, bizarre happenings, and intriguing curiosities. Bi-weekly, Wednesdays at 5.00 pm PST.[24]
The 'Pen' Carter Swan Sports news podcast. Weekly, Mondays at 4.30 pm PST.[25]
Technology
Podcast Presented by Description Date and time
The Tech Mob Jenna Hannon Podcast covering the latest technology from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Unknown.[26]
Miscellaneous
Podcast Presented by Description Date and time
Kayden's Review Kayden Kross and Dane Hanson Review of mainstream films by porn star Kayden Kross. Weekly, Mondays at 5.00 pm PST.[27]

Jameson First Shot[]

In 2011, the company teamed up with Jameson Irish Whiskey to create Jameson First Shot,[28] which was an opportunity to give three up-and-coming filmmakers a 'first shot' in the movie business by producing their short film starring an A-List actor. In the competition's first year the actor was Chris Farley. Each year the competition features a new actor and a new set of finalists to work with that actor. In the first years of the competition only one finalist was selected from each of these three territories: the United States, South Africa and Russia. In later years the competition was opened up to include more territories, but still only produced three winning scripts. The resulting films[29] are debuted in a red carpet screening and screened online on Jameson's YouTube channel.[30] The competition has run annually ever since its first year with a new set of winners and a new leading actor or actress.

2012 – Chris Farley

  • Benjamin Leavitt, The Ventriloquist, USA
  • Aleksey Nuzhny, Envelope, Russia
  • Alan Shelley, Spirit of a Denture, South Africa

2013 – Willem Dafoe

  • Hanneke Schutte, Saving Norman, South Africa
  • Anton Lanshakov, The Smile Man, Russia
  • Shirlyn Wong, Love's Routine, USA

2014 – Uma Thurman

  • Henco J, The Mundane Goddess, South Africa
  • Ivan Petukhov, The Gift, Russia
  • Jessica Valentine, Jump, USA

2015 – Adrien Brody

  • Mark Middlewick, The Mascot, South Africa
  • Travis Calvert, The Library Book, USA
  • Stephan Tempier, Boredom, Canada

2016 – Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • Cameron Thrower, Beauty Mark, USA
  • Kat Wood, Home, UK
  • Jason Perini, The New Empress, Australia

2017 – Dominic West

Filmography[]

Films
  • Captain Phillips (2013)
  • The Ventriloquist (Jameson First Shot USA short)
  • Envelope (Jameson First Shot Russian short)
  • Spirit of a Denture (Jameson First Shot South African short)
  • Safe (2012)
  • Inseparable (2011)
  • Margin Call (2010)
  • Casino Jack (2010)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • Father of Invention (2010)
  • Shrink (2009)
  • Fanboys (2008)
  • Columbus Day (2008)
  • 21 (2008)
  • Mini's First Time (2006)
  • The Sasquatch Gang (2006)
  • Beyond the Sea (2004)
  • TriggerStreet.com (2004)
  • The United States of Leland (2003)
  • Interstate 84
  • Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)
  • The Big Kahuna (1999)
Direct-to-video and TV
  • Manhunt: Unabomber (2017, Discovery Channel)
  • House of Cards (2013, Blockbuster Entertainment)
  • Bernard and Doris (2008, HBO)
  • Recount (2008, HBO)
  • Going Hollywood (2005)
  • America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (2002)
  • Uncle Frank (2002, HBO)

References[]

  1. Peretz, Evgenia (February 10, 2016). Dana Brunetti, Hollywood's most openly disliked and secretly beloved executive. Vanity Fair.
  2. Template:Cite AV media
  3. Shakespeare High: The Movie.
  4. Abrams, Rachel (2011-04-20). Trigger Street near first-look deal with Sony (en-US).
  5. Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media finally files Chapter 11 bankruptcy (July 30, 2015).
  6. Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 6, 2016). Relativity Media acquires Trigger Street; sets Willem Dafoe and Dana Brunetti to run studio as it emerges From Chapter 11.
  7. Rainey, James (January 6, 2016). Actor Willem Dafoe, Dana Brunetti Set to Run Relativity for Ryan Kavanaugh. Variety.
  8. Relativity Relaunch: Willem Dafoe Nixes Chairman Role, Dana Brunetti Sets Deal,. Variety (March 13, 2016).
  9. D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 20, 2016). Dana Brunetti leaving Relativity; will continue producing.
  10. Trigger Street Labs
  11. Spacey starts writers' site. BBC News (November 26, 2002).
  12. Kevin Spacey launches triggerstreet.com Mondrian, Los Angeles, CA (November 18, 2002).
  13. Template:Cite AV media
  14. Nashawaty, Chris (November 1, 2009). Willem Dafoe and Sacha Baron Cohen select short film contest winner: See it here!. Entertainment Weekly.
  15. Together Now. Blog by Dana Brunetti from Trigg.la, November 8, 2011. Retrieved on July 3, 2013.
  16. Behind the Scenes - TrigglaTV. YouTube, narrator behind the camera - Dana Brunetti, 17 October 2011.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Triggla (2011). The First 15. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  18. Triggla (2011). ComiCast. Triggla (iTunes). Alt URL
  19. Triggla (2011). Fashion Matters. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  20. Triggla (2011). The Script Reporter. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  21. Triggla (2011). Filmtracks. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  22. Triggla (2011). MusiCast. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  23. Triggla (2011). The Experts. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  24. Triggla (2011). Hindsight. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  25. Triggla (2011). The Pen. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  26. Triggla (2011). The Tech Mob. iTunes (Triggla). Alt URL
  27. KaydensReview (2011). Kayden's Review - "Interns" (commercial for the podcast). YouTube. Alt URL
  28. Jameson First Shot - Short Film Competition.
  29. resulting films
  30. jamesonwhiskey - YouTube.

External links[]

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