Providing assistance with financing, development, production and distribution/release for Film & TV Producers, Writers and Directors
J. Kelly Crean Freis is an award-winning film/tv producer specializing in working with producers at an executive level to bring projects to fruition. During her career she has worked on over 50 films for studios such as Disney, MGM and Miramax and has worked on over 22 independent films. She has worked on over 200 episodes of television for networks such as The Food Network, MTV and WE that have aired in over 100 countries around the world. Ms. Crean has also produced and/or executive produced several music soundtracks and records over the years with international sales via Sony BMG. As an active voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ms. Crean stays in the know on all things regarding each year's Academy Awards. Her other affiliations include AFI, AFTRA, IFP, EO, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Women in Film. A former member of the U.S. Ski Team, Ms. Crean earned a degree in English Literature from Columbia University, and studied film production at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Some of Ms. Crean's independent films include "Black Irish" (writer/director Brad Gann "Invincible", "Soul Surfer"), winner of 7 International film festivals and 14 awards, "Cover", premiering with Fox Studios and directed by Bill Duke, and the Sundance Film Festival Hit, "Prey for Rock & Roll", starring Gina Gershon. Ms. Crean is an expert at film and television finance and is also an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor in a number of emerging American companies. Her investment strategies have always involved companies that strive for rapid growth and job creation.
Blaine McManus is a film producer living and working between Los Angeles and Louisiana for the past 25 years. His experience includes writing and packaging sitcoms and reality television, production designing and art directing numerous films, commercials, television specials, and music videos, and producing feature films and television shows. In 1997 McManus founded Trace Entertainment, a film and television production design company servicing clients such as Pacific Bell, Nissan and Gatorade, as well as music videos for The Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, Master P. In 2000, McManus expanded Trace Entertainment to a service production company with a focus on feature films and television. To date, McManus has produced six feature films, garnering several nominations and awards on festival circuits. McManus produced "Laugh at L.A.," a stand up comedy and sketch comedy television show starring Todd Bridges, Christopher "Kid" Reid (Kid n Play), and Mad TV's Debra Wilson-Skelton. McManus co-produced the Lionsgate action film, "Blood Out", starring Val Kilmer and Fifty Cent. In 2011, McManus released "Fathers of the Sport" starring Dr. J, a documentary chronicling the history of street basketball's unsung legends and heroes which was nominated for best documentary feature at the Pan African Film Festival. Also from McManus is "Shut Up & Shoot!" a dark comedy action feature starring Joe Cortese, Gary Busey, and Tom Sizemore, and "Bad Guys," a Reservoir Dogs-type action thriller starring Latin sensation Kate De Castillo and MMA world champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, which swept top award honors at the Beverly Hills Film Festival including Best Feature Film. 2011 also marked the release of "The Zombie Farm," a horror / comedy filmed in two languages and starring some of the Spanish film market's hottest stars. McManus is co-owner of Los Angeles-based Powerful Entertainment, currently in development on the action film "Marble City" and prepping for production of the heist action feature "Thorns" filming in Louisiana.