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.