RealScreen 10/28/2009

_RS_Banner_10_28 _RS_Headline_10_28New York-based prodco Locomotive Group announced its launch on September 30, and has already been well received at this year’s MIPCOM with a slate of projects in the pipeline. It helps that this is not a rookie team. Gabriel Gornell, president of the Locomotive Group, Inc., and Colleen Seldin, president of Locomotive Distribution Corp., are industry veterans who are taking advantage of a global market by forming a new prodco/distrib boutique.

At MIPCOM, the new company received an enthusiastic response, according to Gornell. ‘Everyone is embracing our message and story,’ he continued. The story is that Locomotive is comprised of both a creative and production unit and a distribution unit, and in the team of Seldin and Gornell, has an estimable pedigree. Seldin has 10 years of experience as SVP of international distribution for Miramax, while Gornell has exec produced programming for History Channel, A&E and HBO, among others.

Currently, Locomotive already has one production under its belt. It’s a cleverly titled Discovery Channel premiere, Tyrannosaurus Sex, which offers up a CGI take on dinosaurs’ romantic side. They plan to complete production in early December. ‘We’re excited to launch with a production with Discovery,’ says Gornell. Locomotive’s players have a background in CGI and animation, which helped serve the company’s first commission, and also boast past histories with the network.

Post-MIPCOM, with the interest in a couple of other projects, Seldin says they’re hopeful they will have more than one or two projects in production in the next month or so.

‘It was exciting and gratifying to know now that what we’ve been working on is so well received,’ says Gornell. ‘The coordination between the creative and production side of our company and the distribution part was understood and the benefits of both sides were clearly understood; it’s something that people are excited about.’

Some of Locomotive’s other offerings include Big Blue and Real, Hot and Burlesque. Initially Big Blue was meant to be a multi-part adventure series following skipper Roy Finlay as he attempted a record-breaking 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic.

‘Because we’ve been shaking the trees a little bit, the current world record holder made the decision that he doesn’t want to be left out of this and he basically challenged Roy to do it head to head,’ says Gornell.

This moves the production ahead to December of 2010, from an earlier estimated completion date of February 2010. This will mark the first official oceanic rowing open.

Locomotive began shooting Real, Hot and Burlesque, a mature non-fiction series following burlesque dancers in a burlesque competition, last June and is still looking for a broadcast partner. ‘It was really embraced by various territories and we haven’t actually taken it to the obvious U.S. partners yet, but by the end of the month we should know where it’s going and how we’re doing it,’ says Gornell.

Gornell and the creative production team are at work producing male-skewing TV and Seldin gives her input as to what works and what doesn’t based on her distribution experience. Seldin is already distributing fiction and non-fiction films for the company, and continues to slowly build up Locomotive’s catalog.

‘The good news is that out of MIP and our other announcements, people are contacting us about distributing their properties, whether they’re for movies or television,’ says Seldin. ‘We’re actively closing deals on other properties.’

MIPCOM even managed to change the company’s distribution strategy in a major way. Gornell says the takeaway from the market was that documentaries are hot right now, as docs came up in every one of Gornell and Seldin’s conversations. ‘Based on the current level of interest in the unscripted space, that’s a category from the acquisition and distribution standpoint we are absolutely going to be pursuing and embracing, and that’s actually impacting our distribution strategy,’ says Gornell. ‘Prior to MIPCOM, on the distribution side, we weren’t actively looking at the documentary space.’




RealScreen 9/30/2009

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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.




Variety 9/30/2009

_Banner_Variety_9-30 _Headline_Vty_9_30Locomotive 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.



People Magazine 3/16/2009

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.

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