April 14, 2020
Lionsgate has extended a 12-year partnership with Grindstone Entertainment Group, entering new multiyear agreements with Grindstone CEO Barry Brooker and principal Stan Wertlieb, according to Ron Schwartz, president of worldwide home entertainment at Lionsgate.
The new agreement features a slate of upcoming movies, including actioner Force of Nature, starring Mel Gibson, Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth; thriller Rogue, starring Transformers’ Megan Fox; comedy Guest House, starring Pauly Shore, Aimee Teegarden, Mike Castle and Steve-O; and thriller Hair of the Dog, starring Gerard Butler.
“This extension continues a longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship for both our companies,” Schwartz said in a statement. “Barry and Stan are the best in the business and have built Grindstone into a home for great talent, exciting properties and a source of consistent profitability.”
Schwartz noted that, in addition to the upcoming slate, Grindstone has amassed a 500-title catalog of content during it partnership with Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
“Our relationships with producers, filmmakers and stars continues to drive our ability to distinguish ourselves as innovators in the current streaming environment, and we will continue to pivot to take advantage of the marketplace,” said Brooker and Wertlieb.
Recent Grindstone successes include the last two installments of the Escape Plan franchise, Escape Plan 2: Hades and Escape Plan 3: The Extractors, starring Sylvester Stallone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Dave Bautista, and thriller, The Poison Rose, starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen and Brendan Fraser.