Sundance ’16: Submarine, Grosvenor Park form investment venture

The sales agent and the financier are launching a venture to invest in non-fiction programming for cinemas, television, SVOD and web outlets. (Pictured: Eat The Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words)
January 26, 2016

Sales agent Submarine Entertainment and financier Grosvenor Park Media are launching a venture to invest in non-fiction programming for cinemas, television, SVOD platforms and web outlets.

Creative development and production will be overseen by Submarine principals Dan Braun, Josh Braun, and David Koh, while Grosvenor Park Media will provide financial expertise and strategic planning as well as financial and credit resources.

Submarine will also handle domestic and international sales for the company’s portfolio of films.

Led by founder and CEO Donald Starr and partner Joe Kaczorowski, Grosvenor Park is a privately held specialty finance firm that has provided more than US$1 billion in backing for feature films and television. Starr credits Grosvenor Park associate Stanley Buchthal of the Dakota Group with bringing the parties together.

“Stanley has worked with both us and Submarine and we all share a passion for and belief in the power of documentaries,” Starr said in a statement. “We have seen the non-fiction form change and evolve, becoming one of the most unique forms of artistic expression, and we have seen Submarine’s movies change the world in a short amount of time. This partnership makes perfect sense and puts both of our companies ahead of the curve.”

Submarine has represented several high-profile documentaries over the years, including Oscar winners Citizenfour, 20 Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugarman, The Cove, and Man on Wire .

Its roster at this year’s Sundance Film Festival includes Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Werner Herzog’s Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, and Penny Lane‘s Nuts!. Thorsten Schutte’s Eat The Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (pictured) was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, while Weiner was picked up by IFC Films and Showtime.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.