Indie Film Producer COLE PAYNE Launches New Company

Still from the film SUGAR, courtesy Traverse Media
Still from the film SUGAR, courtesy Traverse Media

Cole Payne Launches New Venture TRAVERSE MEDIA


Indie film producer COLE PAYNE (Errors of the Human Body*Downloading Nancy*, producer) launches a new LA based film, television, distribution and talent management company TRAVERSE MEDIA. Management executive Jeremy Loethen will partner with Payne in the new venture. On the management end, two literary clients Conner Pritchard, who is one of the co-creators of Comedy Central’s Workaholics, and Richard Phillips, author of the popular 3 part Scifi book series The Rho Agenda, which Traverse is looking to adapt into a feature film series.

Payne states: “As our name suggests, our agenda is to bridge the different facets of the motion picture industry as well as between content creator and consumer.”

The company will begin distribution of SUGAR* a film written and directed by Rotimi Rainwater and produced by Ari Palitz and Erin Ward. The film stars Shenae Grimes as “Sugar,” with a cast that includes Corbin BleuMarshall AllmanWes Studi, Natassja Kinski and Angus Macfadyen. The film is based on the director’s own experiences living on the street.

Synopsis: The story of a group of homeless kids as they try to survive on the streets of Venice Beach seen through the eyes of a 20 year old named “Sugar.”

The company announced signing Zackary Adler (I am Reed Fish) as director of their newest production Casual Encounters, which will begin shooting this month in LA. The script for Casual Encounters was penned by Erik Steinmetz and Sebastian J. Michael. The story centers around a man coerced into online dating after suffering an embarrassing breakup.

In addition, Traverse Media has several films on cable and VODHow to Steal 2 Million* and the documentary American Carny starring Todd Robbins.

Artwork, synopsis and supplementary materials courtesy ©2013 Prodigy and Traverse Media. All rights reserved.

*  sold to IFC Midnight for North America
*  earned a Spirit Award Nom for star Maria Bello in 2010.
*  picked up at the Cinema At The Edge film festival.
*  won four Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) including Best Picture (2012). 

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