Bebe Rexha Joins STXfilms' "Queenpins"
Diamond-Selling and Grammy Nominated Musician to Make Her Feature Film Debut Opposite Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn, and Paul Walter Hauser
Oct 28, 2020, 13:00 ET
DOUGLAS, Isle of Man and BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eros STX Global Corporation (NYSE:ESGC) ("ErosSTX"), a global entertainment company, announced today that pop music superstar Bebe Rexha will make her feature film acting debut in the upcoming female-driven comedy Queenpins. The announcement was made today by Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
Queenpins will reunite the studio with Bad Moms star Kristen Bell for a film inspired by the true story of the largest coupon counterfeit scam in US history. Bell will re-team with her "The Good Place" and "Veronica Mars" co-star Kirby Howell-Baptiste, as well as Vince Vaughn and Paul Walter Hauser. Queenpins will be distributed in the US, UK, and Ireland by STX, and the studio will handle international distribution through its network of global partners.
After seeing success with such female-driven titles as the Bad Moms franchise, I Feel Pretty and Hustlers, STX was drawn to Queenpins, which will center on the story of a suburban housewife, fed up with being dismissed and overlooked by her husband and society, who decides to take back control of her life by starting an illegal coupon club. Her creation ends up scamming millions of dollars from big food companies while delivering deals to millions of fellow coupon clippers.
Fogelson said, "This is a perfect film for Bebe to be making her live-action film debut. She's an incredible talent and international superstar and we love her for this role as Tempe Tina, an eccentric computer hacker who helps our heroines with their coupon scam. We know she will add so much fun, talent and personality to this cast."
STX previously collaborated with Rexha on their animated feature UglyDolls.
The film is written and directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly and produced by AGC Studios, Marquee Entertainment and Red Hour Films. AGC's Linda McDonough will produce alongside Red Hour's Nicky Weinstock. AGC Studios Chairman Stuart Ford and Miguel A. Palos, Jr. will executive produce alongside Ben Stiller and Breean Solberg of Red Hour. The project was developed by McDonough under her Marquee Entertainment banner prior to joining AGC earlier this year. Patricia Braga is overseeing the project for STXfilms.
Bebe Rexha is represented by UTA, Sal & Co., and attorney Kenny Meiselas of Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
ABOUT BEBE REXHA:
Diamond-selling and two-time Grammy®-nominated New York City native Bebe Rexha is a musical force to be reckoned with. Her RIAA Gold-certified debut album Expectations (released June 2018 on Warner Records) contained the Platinum single "I'm a Mess" and global chart-topping smash "Meant to Be" (featuring Florida Georgia Line), now RIAA Certified Diamond. "Meant to Be" held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-setting 50 straight weeks, the longest reign ever by a female lead artist, and won Top Country Song at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards and Best Collaboration at the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards. It was subsequently nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st annual Grammy Awards® in February 2019, where Bebe was also nominated for Best New Artist. Early in her career, Bebe won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Best Teen Songwriter Award, and then formally burst onto the scene when she wrote "The Monster," a worldwide hit for Eminem and Rihanna that was certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA. Bebe went on to co-write and carry the instantly recognizable hook for the 3x Platinum "Hey Mama," by David Guetta, which was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song. Bebe also hit #1 on the Billboard Pop and Rap charts with her 5x Platinum "Me, Myself & I" with G-Eazy. In 2017, Bebe released the critically acclaimed EPs, All Your Fault: Part 1 (with the Platinum single "I Got You"), and All Your Fault: Part 2 (with "Meant to Be"). Now in 2020, Bebe has amassed almost 4 billion YouTube views and over 12 billion total global streams and counting. In conjunction with Grammy® Week 2019, Bebe launched the Grammy® Music Education Coalition's (GMEC) national campaign on behalf of its new All-Star Ambassador program, whose members also include Luis Fonsi, Rita Ora, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor and others. In October, 2020, Bebe released her brand new single, "Baby, I'm Jealous" feat. Doja Cat, which is the first track from her forthcoming Spring, 2021 album.
About AGC Studios
AGC Studios (www.agcstudios.com) was founded and launched by Chairman and CEO Stuart Ford in February 2018 as a platform to develop, produce, finance and globally license a diverse portfolio of feature films, scripted, unscripted and factual television, digital and musical content from its dual headquarters in Los Angeles and London. The new studio's Hollywood output is designed for exploitation across an array of global platforms including major studio partnerships, streaming platforms, traditional broadcast and cable television networks and independent distributors, both in the US and internationally. AGC Studios is initially backed by three key strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners (https://medianetpartners.com/en/); Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder and chairman of Fibonacci Films, Greg Clark; and Image Nation Abu Dhabi (https://imagenationabudhabi.com/), one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world. Chief Operating Officer Miguel Palos is also a stakeholder in and co-founder of the business with Ford. The company has three principal operating subsidiaries: production arm AGC Productions; distribution arm AGC International; and financing arm AGC Capital.
ErosSTX Global Corporation:
Eros STX Global Corporation, ("ErosSTX" or "The Company") (NYSE: ESGC) is a global entertainment company that acquires, co-produces and distributes films, digital content & music across multiple formats such as theatrical, television and OTT digital media streaming to consumers around the world. Eros International Plc changed its name to Eros STX Global Corporation pursuant to the July 2020 merger with STX Entertainment, merging two international media and entertainment groups. The combination of one of the largest Indian OTT players and premier studio with one of Hollywood's fastest-growing independent media companies has created an entertainment powerhouse with a presence in over 150 countries. ErosSTX delivers star-driven premium feature film and episodic content across a multitude of platforms at the intersection of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing global markets, including US, India, Middle East, Asia and China. The Company also owns the rapidly growing OTT platform Eros Now which has rights to over 12,000 films across Hindi and regional languages and had 205.8 million registered users and 33.8 million paying subscribers as of June 30th, 2020. For further information, please visit ErosSTX.com.
STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is a next-generation film studio that produces, acquires, distributes, and markets motion pictures at scale. From blockbusters like Hustlers, Bad Moms, and The Upside to hits like The Gentlemen, Molly's Game, and The Gift, STXfilms produces star-driven films for a global audience. In just 5 short years, its slate of films has already grossed over $1.8b in global theatrical box office. With a wide range of partners including Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Showtime (which handle the physical and premium television releases of STXfilms content, respectively), the studio is a fast-growing, industry powerhouse.
About Red Hour
Red Hour is a creative production company dedicated to discovering new writers and filmmakers and telling innovative stories across all media. Led by partners Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock, Red Hour has expanded to produce an exceptionally wide range of features and television shows – including, most recently, the Showtime limited event series Escape at Dannemora, which was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards; the hit Netflix comedies Alex Strangelove and The Package; the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning Plus One, now streaming on Hulu; and the CW and Netflix series In the Dark. Past films from Red Hour include The Secret Life of Water Mitty, Tropic Thunder, Dodgeball, and Zoolander; and in television, the company has produced an array of series including IFC's The Birthday Boys and Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Big Time in Hollywood, FL and Another Period. Red Hour's next production, which begins filming in November, will be the sci-fi drama series Severance for Apple TV, starring Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, John Turturro and Christopher Walken.
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