EXCLUSIVE: Industry veteran Noor Ahmed has been named president of the recently formed Strike Back Studios, the team-up of Realization Films, Public House Films and Hideout Pictures that recently released The Dark Divide and the noir thriller Disrupted.
With 15 years of experience in film sales, entertainment business and legal affairs, Ahmed has been instrumental behind a number of independent and marquee including Thank You For Smoking, Brick, the Twilight movies, Looper, Don Jon, The Big Sick, Get Out and most recently Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes, which received three Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
“I’m excited to bring my experience working with some of the most successful & acclaimed production companies and distributors in the industry to Strike Back Studios,” said Ahmed, who arrives from legal firm Reder & Feig, LLP. “With all the change in 2020 we have seen, I realized how important it is to work with a group that has new and innovative ideas to producing, financing and the distribution of feature motion pictures vs just sticking with the status quo.”
The Strike Back joint venture will first look to partner with other distributors on projects they are producing/financing, but will also be able to distribute projects themselves directly to all major exploitation platforms. The goal is to work with producers from the earliest stages of development and production on up. Up next for the company is Howards Mill, a documentary that chronicles an abandoned piece of farmland in rural Tennessee that may hold the key to multiple missing person cases spanning 40 years. The company is slated to release the film in March 2021.
Public House previously partially financed Sundance titles The Kindergarten Teacher and Madeline Madeline and executive produced the documentary Framing John DeLorean released by IFC Films and Universal; it produced the aforementioned The Dark Divide which starred David Cross and Debra Messing.
Hideout Pictures financed Saban Films titles The Jay & Silent Bob Reboot and 3022. It is executive producer of the Ted Kaczynski pic Ted K. starring Sharlto Copley which is in post-production. Realization Films’ first feature Disrupted is set to debut November 17, and is currently in post-production on the docu feature Buried. The companies partnered with the production company TBVE on the upcoming docu The United States of Insanity which follows the rap group Insane Clown Posse.
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