WWE/Gene Simmons’ Erebus Pictures Teams with Voltage for Sales of Temple
As we told you back in March, WWE Studios and media mogul Gene Simmons have joined forces to create Erebus Pictures, and the newly launched company announced today that Voltage Pictures will handle international sales for Erebus’ slate. The partnership will kick off with Temple, which was originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios.
“The entire Voltage team and I are incredibly excited to partner with the legendary Gene Simmons, Michael Luisi, and the entire WWE Studios team on this exciting slate of films,” said Jonathan Deckter, President and COO at Voltage Pictures. “With WWE’s marketing muscle and Michael and Gene’s creative direction, we are confident that the Erebus brand will quickly become synonymous with high quality, smart genre films the world over.”
Deckter, a partner in Voltage and the President & COO, along with John Fremes, who recently joined Voltage as President of International Sales and Distribution from Nu Image, will begin discussions with potential Erebus distribution partners at the Cannes Film Market.
Temple, the first film out of the gate with a director soon to be announced, was written by Matt Savelloni (Exile to Babylon) and follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. While investigating the source of the malfunction, the crew members begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover who, or what, killed the team previously stationed at the compound.
“We are excited to introduce our label internationally with a sales partner that understands and influences the international marketplace,” said KISS icon Gene Simmons, pictured below.
“We’ve been looking for opportunities to partner with Jonathan, Nicolas Chartier, and the Voltage team; and we’re excited to have found it with Erebus,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “We’re confident their expertise will successfully launch the label worldwide.”
Erebus Pictures, which will produce elevated horror movies, is named after the Greek primordial deity representing the personification of darkness and will leverage WWE’s extensive global platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs “Monday Night Raw®” and “SmackDown®,” to digital, social media, and WWE Network® to market its titles.
WWE Studios most recently announced a $35 million revolving credit facility with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.