New York City-based production company Locomotive Entertainment Group has announced that it is open for business. Locomotive is a boutique house that is made up of Locomotive Creative Service, which develops and produces programming, and Locomotive Distribution. The group is headed up by Gabriel Gornell, an experience creative and producer who has worked with A&E, Discovery, HBO, History, MTV, NBC, ESPN, and National Geographic Channel, among others. The distribution arm is led by former Miramax executive, Colleen Seldin, Locomotive is currently in production on a broadcast special for Discovery Channel called Tyrannosaurus Sex, which will premiere in the fourth quarter of 2009. Locomotive will be at MIPCOM.
Locomotive Entertainment Group, a Gotham-based TV and film shingle led by producer Gabriel Gornell and former Miramax distribution exec Colleen Seldin, has launched with two smallscreen projects.
“Tyrannosaurus Sex,” a CGI look at the romantic life of dinosaurs, will debut on Discovery Channel in the fourth quarter. Locomotive is also creating a toon version of Kenny Rogers holiday musical “The Toy Shop” for the smallscreen.
Gornell, Locomotive’s president, says the company will begin expanding into film development next year.
“We’re certainly launching with TV as our focus out of the gate,” he said.
Gornell, who most recently exec produced the History Channel series “Battles BC,” formed Locomotive in February with Seldin onboard. Seldin, previously senior VP of international distribution for Miramax, will focus on international sales, marketing, branding and festivals for Locomotive.
Gornell also exec produced “The Art of War” for the History Channel. He has also worked with A&E, HBO, MTV, NBC, ESPN and National Geographic Channel. Seldin spent 10 years at Miramax, where she orchestrated the international release of pics including “There Will Be Blood,” “Finding Neverland” and both installments of “Kill Bill.” She also oversaw sales and day-to-day operations for homevideo and TV overseas. She previously worked at New Line and Sony Music.
In 2009 the production company founded by Gabriel Gornell produced the 8×60 series ‘Battles BC’ which aired on History as a true-to-history take on the feature film 300 from Warner Bros. Gabriel served as the Executive Producer for the entire series.. Despite the budgetary difference from the feature, the eight-part action series was received quite well—garnering 3 out of 4 Stars in People Magazine.