LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cantinas Entertainment, LLC, founded by entrepreneurs/financiers Greg Campbell and Wendy & B. Wayne Hughes Jr., is a fully-funded new business venture dedicated to releasing multi-platform entertainment that inspires and informs through positive, life affirming stories. The company will finance the development, production and P&A for films as well as the development and production for television properties.
In addition to producing original content under the Cantinas Entertainment banner and partnering with established studios and companies, the newly formed business will also fully finance independent productions that are in line with the company's vision. Cantinas has many projects already in development & production and many more to be announced soon.
Cantinas Entertainment content will be story-driven with themes that will "touch your heart and stretch your imagination." The Cantinas approach to filmmaking is centered on excellence first – excellence in storytelling, excellence in production values and excellence in the means of distribution.
"Our goal is to brand Cantinas Entertainment as an industry leader in the family entertainment marketplace," stated co-founder and CEO Greg Campbell. "Instead of conforming to a sea of sameness in the world of entertainment, Cantinas is very specific about the projects the company embraces and the messages that are highlighted. The company believes entertainment should affirm life's positivity and reinforce messages of selfless giving, elevating stories of compassion, heroism and optimism. Cantinas aims to spark a sense of hope in audiences around the globe."
Multiple projects already slated for production and release through Cantinas Entertainment include a co-production and financing deal with Mike Medavoy ("Black Swan," "Shutter Island," "Miss Potter," "Zodiac") of Phoenix Pictures and his new company, along with Producers Doug McKay and Robert Kaplan of Rubicon Entertainment, and Producer Christopher Trunkey for "Bridge to Jabez." Both McKay (formerly of Phoenix Pictures) and Kaplan are currently set to produce an upcoming film project for Cantinas based on Brenda Spahn's book "Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God and Gumption," with Donald Petrie ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Miss Congeniality," "Grumpy Old Men") set to direct. Other soon to be announced film projects currently in development includes a feature film adaptation of "Redeeming Love," the hugely popular novel by best-selling author Francine Rivers, and a project in partnership with AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures.
"By offering inspirational stories of hope and positive values, Cantinas believes in entertainment with integrity, stories that inspire, and relatable messages that reinforce faith and address universal themes. Our commitment is to deliver that to audiences through a multi-platform approach in film and television," stated Wendy Hughes, co-founder and partner of Cantinas Entertainment.
About Cantinas Entertainment, LLC
At Cantinas Entertainment, LLC, we elevate stories with principles – the kind in which good overcomes evil, kindness defeats hatred, and compassion trumps callousness. Like canteens of water offering relief on a hot day, Cantinas produces compelling entertainment that gives hope a voice. Founded in 2014 by visionaries and successful business leaders, Greg Campbell and B. Wayne Hughes Jr., Cantinas emerged with a mission to inspire and engage audiences disillusioned with the landscape of cynicism – and to offer a dependable choice in entertainment. Quality storytelling is the company's primary goal, as they seek to captivate audiences through a multi-platform approach of film, television, music, digital and literature as well as through live events and performances.
About the Partners
Greg Campbell is the co-founder and CEO of Cantinas Entertainment, LLC. After graduating with a PhD in electrical engineering, he became founder and CEO of PMT (Plasma and Materials Technologies, Inc.) Under his leadership, PMT was ranked among the fastest growing companies in the USA and it completed a successful IPO in 1995. Campbell went on to become Sr. VP & GM of the Etch Division at LAM Research, Inc., a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley, CA. After retiring in 2000 from a successful career in technology, he dedicated the next 12 years of his career to philanthropy and the non-profit sector. He has served as the Executive Director of the Foursquare Foundation, CEO of Foursquare Financial Solutions and as President of The King's University. Campbell received his BA and MA in engineering from Cambridge University and his PhD from UCLA.
B. Wayne Hughes Jr. is the co-founder and partner in Cantinas Entertainment, LLC. He is an accomplished businessman, rancher, and philanthropist, who has been working to improve the pristine landscape, vibrant culture, and way of living for residents of California. In 2013, he founded Serving California, a non-profit that facilitates healing for people who have experienced suffering, including military families, victims of crime, and inmates looking to rebuild their lives. Serving California complements the program he built with his wife Wendy, the Cantinas Ranch Foundation, which seeks to transform modern culture through art programs inspired by family values. Hughes began his career behind the scenes at Public Storage, a humble family business started by his father that blossomed to global success. He went on to enter the commercial real estate business, forming American Commercial Equities Management, which specializes in the acquisition and management of premier retail property in prime locations and prestigious markets. As a native of the Golden State of California and loyal USC Trojan, when he isn't surfing in Malibu, you'll find him in the central valley at his beloved SkyRose Ranch, where he hosts military families healing from the effects of PTSD, herds his cattle and tends to his organic farm.
Wendy Hughes is a third generation Californian and graduate of USC and UCI graduate schools. She has an extensive background in dance, art, interior design, program development and curriculum writing. She was a founder of Oaks Christian Middle School in Westlake Village, CA, and a founding Board Member of the Malibu Younglife Association. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Cantinas Foundation, a nonprofit which aids the marketplace in pursuit of developing leaders in the Arts, strengthening unity within the family and faith community, and ultimately building a destination camping and training facility in Central California. Additionally, she holds a position on the board of directors of Serving California, a nonprofit established to serve the incarcerated, veterans, victims of crimes, and abused women.
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