HirtAgency: Meet Agency Director Isabella Hirt at the Berlin International Film Festival from Feb 21-24

 

HirtAgency represents Award-winning Directors, Writers, Conductors, Producers & Actors.

 

Our clients have worked on features or blockbusters with a budget up to $30.000.000 that turned into the most successful independent motion pictures in  history! E.g. "The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson's Co-Writer Benedict Fitzgerald with a Gross (World) $612.054.428 and nominated for 3 Oscar Awards. Another 31 wins & 21 nominations. The best about Jesus of Nazareth (two motion pictures) is yet to come in the next years and we will share some exciting news soon! Recently our client has worked as a Producer on a Show called "Evil" (CBS TV Studios) which is one of the most successful supernatural Shows right now.

 

HirtAgency is developing a slate of productions with Gold Star from Vancouver, owned by Award-winning international Writer Director Jason Bourque and Producer Ken Frith. Within the last few months they were shooting some awesome features with LA-teams. HirtAgency represents a new spy thriller with incredible A-list talent, different series pilots and finished scripts from HirtAgency Clients Phillip Mitchell or Sue Bourque.  

 

We represent two international Best-Selling Authors like the Austro-American Irene Dische, "spearhead of contemporary prose", or Canadian Writer David B. Green. David has worked as a Co-Writer on the pilot script and series based on his novels about Mr. Phelps, an evil James Bond.

 

HirtAgency manages the Award-winning Austrian Director Ernst Gossner and International Emmy-Winner Chris Silber from Los Angeles. Their shows or films have broken audience records in Europe like Silber's best-seller adaptation  "I'm Off Then", which was seen by over 2 million viewers, and he worked on numerous successful films worldwide - most notably the Golden Globe and Bafta nominated "Good Bye, Lenin!"

 

If you are looking for high quality film scores, a conductor for your orchestra or music consultancy, please don't hesitate to ask us if our Award-winning Composer and Conductor John Massaro, who worked with world renowned opera superstars, is available to support you. At the moment he is working on a new opera and an international musical crime series. 

 

Please contact me, if you want to discuss how we could collaborate on our or your upcoming projects as producing partners!

 

Looking forward to our dialogue.

 

Cheers,

 

Isabella

 

Gold Star is co-producing “When Time Got Louder”

We finally can announce the awesome feature Jason Bourque's Gold Star Productions is shooting alongside with writer/director/producer Connie Cocchia (Cocchia Productions) and old pal Ken Frith. 

 

‘Lost’ Alum Elizabeth Mitchell, ‘Hunger Games’ Actress Willow Shields star in ‘When Time Got Louder’.

 

Piper Curda (American Pie Presents Girls Rule, Wretched), Ava Capri (Blast Beat) and newcomer Jonathan Michael Simao also co-star in the film which was written by Cocchia.

 

It follows Abbie (Shields) as she departs for college, leaving her parents Mark (Munro) and Tish (Mitchell), and her brother Kayden (Simao) who has autism and is non-verbal. As she explores her newfound independence with her roommate Jen (Curda) and falls in love with a girl named Karly (Capri), Abbie is torn between her new life and the guilt of leaving her brother as her family struggles to care for him in her absence.

 

Cocchia, who has a brother impacted by autism, was passionate about casting the role of Kayden authentically with an actor on the autism spectrum and discovered Simao, who will make his feature film debut. She is producing the project through her production company, Cocchia Productions, alongside Ken Frith and Jason Bourque of Gold Star Productions. (Deadline)

Gold Star Productions is a boutique production company co-owned with producer Ken Frith. Projects include award-winning features, documentaries, commercials, PSAs, music videos and TV pilots.

 

Client list Jason Bourque includes: Sonar Entertainment, Muse Entertainment, Marvista Entertainment, Cinetel Films, Reel One Entertainment, Front Street Pictures, Branded Entertainment, RHI Entertainment, Clique Pictures, Purpose Films, Active Entertainment, Crystal Sky Pictures, Freeform Productions, Ferns Productions, Nasser Entertainment, Sepia Films, Escape Factory, Life Boat Productions, Tim Johnson Productions, 2 For The Money Productions, 34 Degrees Films, Park Entertainment, Anagram Pictures, Lighthouse Pictures, UFO Productions, GRB Productions, Hallmark, Lifetime and Netflix. 

Director Jason Bourque is also prepping the movie “Match of the Penguins”.

 

 

Jan 30, 2020: HirtAgency signs Scriptwriter David B. Green and exclusively represents him on the international market

David B. Green was born in 1960 in the small Coal Mining village of Blidworth, located deep in the heart of the 12th Century “Robin Hood” county of Nottinghamshire, England. He studied English Literature, Spanish Literature, Dramatic Art & the Theatre, in Nottingham and Amsterdam. 

 

Since 2011, David has developed and enjoyed a creative relationship/partnership with award winning Canadian film Director, Writer & Producer Jason C. Bourque. Together they have crafted a MR PHELPS screenplay, a TV mini series bible and a pilot: MR PHELPS. They harbour ambitions to co-write a multi-season MR PHELPS series together and to see it produced.

 

Early influences for his writing career were Anthony Minghella, Barry Norman (BBC) and Edward Fox (The “Jackal”) 

and more recently, Robert. B. Parker.

 

“Oscar Phelps” is a Rapscallion and Anti-Hero, styled in the classic Patricia Highsmith “Ripley” mould.  The Phelps character is an invention of the author’s wife. 

 

David’s first novel, - “32-Red” was written in Southern Spain in 1997 and is based upon the Intriguing, Beguiling, and Sociopathic character of “Oscar Phelps” and the world he inhabits and the people with whom he conflicts.

 

The sequel to ‘32-Red’, - “Berlin by Christmas” was conceived and written in Australia from a Bribie Island, Queensland base and completed in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada and in the SAR Hong Kong, China, in the winter of 2004. Together with “32-Red” they combined into one volume as parts 1 & 2 of “The Enigmatic Mr Phelps”.

 

The third in the Phelps series - “Brethren of Acadia” was conceived and formulated in Montreal, New Orleans, Bergen, Ilfracombe, Phoenix, Auckland, Amsterdam & Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, Australia during a very dispiriting Australia versus England -Ashes- cricket tour during 2006-07. It was completed in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the fall of 2009. 

 

The fourth novel – “Where King meets Queen” was conceived in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates during 2010, formulated in the Hotel Scribe in Paris and completed in Bermuda, London, Riyadh, Munich and on Vancouver Island in late 2013. 

A tale of extortion, blackmail, sandbagging and delicious murder. 

 

The fifth novel - "Weekday Cross" was conceived in Niagara on the Lake, written in Honolulu, Havana, Princeton, Melbourne, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Rutland, England. It is a Phelps retrospective and develops a platform for the exposure of his early life and how it influenced his present and his future. It is an entertainment of the Graham Greene ilk. 

 

The sixth novel in the series; “Three Graves to Seneca” was planned during a 21 American state coast to coast road trip during 2019 and laid out while in Europe - in Oxford, Prague, Munich & Lisbon during the winter of that same year. It is a reflection of ideas developed within the MR PHELPS TV mini series. A reversal of the creative process. Novel reflecting TV script as opposed to TV script adapted from the novel.

 

David divides his time between Victoria on Vancouver Island, Nerja, Honolulu, Rutland and the Shavian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. 

 

During his formative years in England, David learned about Nottinghamshire’s dissenting literary outlaws; Byron, DH Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe. 

The experience of growing up in a small village community opened his mind and helped him escape into a much wider world. He developed a passion for foreign travel and the cinema, which has remained with him throughout his life. 

 

On September 25th 1999, David made his first circumnavigation of the world, following a route established on September 25th 1988 by Sir Michael Palin for the BBC television series; Around the World in 80 Days. He has since repeated this journey on four occasions, east to west and west to east, having traced the steps laid out by Thomas Cook and Phileas Fogg in 1872. 

 

David continues to travel extensively throughout all Continents of the World in connection with business, OSCAR PHELPS related pursuits, his family and cricket watching. 

He has to date visited more than 78 countries.

 

If you want to arrange a meeting in London from 11-12 February or at the Berlin International Film Festival from 21-24 February 2020 to discuss with us David' s and Jason's screenplay and the pilot to international miniseries Mr. Phelps, please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at.  

"Amazing Winter Romance" by Award-winning Director Jason Bourque

Title: Amazing Winter Romance

Original title: Amazing Christmas Romance

Format: two hours, HD 

Starring: Jessy Schram (NASHVILLE)

Marshall Williams (GLEE)

Melissa Elias

Paul Magel

Nancy Sorel

Directed by: Jason Bourque

Produced by: Johnson Production Group for Hallmark 

 

When jaded journalist Julia is sent back home on non-negotiable leave, she discovers her childhood friend, and the one who always held her in his heart, has built a giant snow maze which prompts Julia to find her way to true love. Airs January 20, 2020 9pm/8c Hallmark Channel. Here you can watch the official trailer: https://youtu.be/28yILiJix30

 

Season's Greetings

Maestro John Massaro: Scottsdale Philharmonic

After making his debut in 2019 conducting the Scottsdale Philharmonic for their annual Holiday concert at the Scottsdale Center for Arts, in Scottsdale Arizona USA,  John Massaro was offered the position of Resident Conductor beginning with the 2020/2021 season. 

 

Maestro John Massaro never had Santa Claus play in his cello section before! His wife Gail Dubinbaum, opera coach and opera singer, believes: "It's because John has been a very, very good boy!"  

John Massaro with his gorgeous wife, opera coach and opera singer Gail Dubinbaum.

Director Reel Jason Bourque

New Director Reel International Award-Winning Director Jason Bourque

Nov 21, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "2 Fathers" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

2 Fathers

(Season 1, Episode 8) TV-14 Episode | 42 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror | Air Date: Nov 21, 2019

 

When David recognizes one of the sigils in the Poveglia Codex from his father Leon's (Vondie Curtis-Hall) artwork, he and Kristen journey to a remote art commune to investigate its meaning and how it's related to David's family. (TV-14 D, L, S) 

 

EVIL is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Fight" and "The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

Nov 14, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "Vatican III" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

Vatican III

(Season 1, Episode 7) TV-14 Episode | 43 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror | Air Date: Nov 14, 2019

 

When Bridget (Annaleigh Ashford) confesses to murder during her exorcism, Monsignor Korecki (Boris McGiver) asks Kristen, David and Ben to investigate if the details match any open cases and if the woman really is possessed by a demon. (TV-14 D, L)

 

EVIL is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Fight" and "The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

News Screenwriter and Showrunner Chris Silber: Shooting in 2020

International Emmy Winner Chris Silber from Los Angeles worked on the following projects:

 

THE CAKEMAKER 

Feature Film, USA - Director Charles Shyer,

Produced by Passage Films, Los Angeles

Screenplay by Chris Silber

 

UNTITLED 1940s SERIES

USA - Produced by Blitz Films, Los Angeles

Chris Silber - Creator & Showrunner

© 2013 Chris Silber

Nov 7, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "Let x = 9" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

Let x = 9

(Season 1, Episode 6) TV-14 Episode | 43 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror | Air Date: Nov 7, 2019

 

When the Catholic Church asks Kristen, David and Ben to assess the veracity of a local prophetess, Grace Ling (Li Jun Li), they are shaken when they see one of her visions come to life. Also, David struggles with jealousy when he sees God speaking with the prophetess, and to Kristen's dismay, her mother, Sheryl, and Leland begin a relationship.

(TV-14 L, S, V) 

 

EVIL is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Fight" and "The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

Oct 24, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "October31" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

October 31

(Season 1, Episode 5) TV-14 TV Episode | 42 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror | Air Date: Oct 24, 2019

 

On Halloween night, Kristen and David are sent to assess an exorcism, but once the pair analyzes the situation, they are at odds while trying to determine whether it is a supernatural demonic possession, or severe mental disease escalated by physical and mental distress. Also, Ben goes on his favorite show, "Demon Hunters", where he debunks their supernatural finds with fellow unbeliever Vanessa (Nicole Shalhoub).

 

EVIL is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

 

Oct 17, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "Rose390" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

Rose390 (Season 1, Episode 4) TV-14 TV Episode | 43 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror | Air Date: Oct 17, 2019

 

Kristen, Ben and David are hired to evaluate Eric (Luke Judy), a seemingly psychopathic 9-year-old boy. Eric takes a liking to David, which leaves them hopeful they can curb his violent behavior. Also, Kristen is most affected by this investigation as she worries about her young daughters who lied about a horror game their grandmother, Sheryl, bought behind her back. 

 

EVIL is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

Goldstar's Jason Bourque is producing GODFREY with an LA team

 

Iliza Shlesinger Joins Rom-Com ‘Godfrey’; Coming-of-Age Horror ‘Student Body’ Sets Cast

Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

 

The drama comedy Godfrey is in postproduction in Vancouver, Canada, at Goldstar’s Jason Bourque. The Award-winning Director is currently producing the indie feature with his producing partner Ken Frith with an LA team (Rachel Liu and Under The Stairs Entertainment’s Sandra Leviton are producing).  

 

The excellent script was written by Writer Director Ken Mok with a great cast. Iliza Shlesinger joined Rom-Com ‘Godfrey’;

Coming-of-Age Horror ‘Student Body’ Sets Cast: "Written and directed by Mok, the film follows the titular character (Thune) who is dealing with his dark past in a profound way: he’s decided to be anyone but himself. Coleman plays Sara, a smart insightful writer who tries to unravel the mystery of Godfrey while uncovering her own true identity. Shlesinger will play the role of Kelly, Sara’s fast-talking, deal slinging literary agent."

 

© 2019 Jason Bourque

Oct 10, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "3 Stars" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

3 Stars (Season 1, Episode 3) TV-14 TV Episode |  41:38 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror |Air Date: Oct 10, 2019

 

After a high-strung theater producer's behavior turns from demanding to what is believed to be demonic, Kristen, David and Ben are called in to assess the situation. Also, Kristen discredits her DA office successor and nemesis, Leland Townsend, before he can ruin a 17-year-old boy's life. (TV-14 D, L, V)

 

EVIL is an American supernatural drama series created by Robert and Michelle King that premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

2019: HirtAgency signs Canadian Writer Phillip Mitchell and exclusively represents him on the global market

Phillip Mitchell is a 30-year veteran of the film industry, working as an actor and award-winning stunt performer on films ranging from "I, Robot", to "Mission Impossible 4" and hundreds more. 

 

He has also directed theatre, worked as an editor, camera operator and fight choreographer. 

He is an inspired filmmaker with a passion for the art and a knack for fast-paced, high-energy storytelling. 

 

As a scriptwriter he has several feature scripts currently under option or in development.  Phillip is working on several motion pictures and two international crime drama & action shows along with HirtAgency clients Jason Bourque as showrunner & Ken Frith from Gold Star Productions (Vancouver). 

 

HirtAgency is currently seeking for intl. co-production partners, channels or streamers at MipCom from October 13-16, 2019 for the current Gold Star slate. 

 

If you want to arrange a meeting, please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at. 

 © 2019 Philmic Productions 

Oct 3, 2019: CBS-Show EVIL "177 Minutes" (on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada) by Benedict Fitzgerald, Consulting Producer

177 Minutes (Season 1, Episode 2) TV-14 TV Episode | 42:48 Min | Crime, Drama, Horror | Air Date: Oct 3, 2019

 

Kristen, David and Ben are called to investigate a supposed miracle when Naomi Clark (Hannah Hodson), a 17-year-old soccer player, comes back to life after she had been declared dead for almost two hours. Also, Kristen meets with her former boss, Lewis Cormier (Danny Burstein), at the Queens District Attorney's office where she runs into Leland Townsend. (TV-14 D, L) 

 

EVIL is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" premiered on September 26, 2019, on CBS in the United States and on Global in Canada.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

 

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access. More information here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/evil/

 

2019: HirtAgency signs Award-Winning Conductor, Composer & Scriptwriter John Massaro

In another top addition to its high profile roster of exceptional talents, HirtAgency has signed international award-winning Conductor, Composer and Scriptwriter John Massaro and exclusively represents him for the worldwide film, music and tv market. Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt.

 

John Massaro is the Principal Conductor for Phoenix Opera and the Southwest Vocal Competition. Most recently, he conducted opera Galas with world renowned opera superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Jonas Kaufmann. Mr. Massaro served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein during the creation of A Quiet Place and to Zubin Mehta for the Israel Philharmonic's production of Madama Butterfly.

 

He worked extensively with the great German soprano, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with whom he coached both Opera and Art Song repertoire. Mr. Massaro made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Mozart Requiem which led to a distinguished European tour to Budapest, Krakow, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna, where he conducted several additional Mozart masterpieces in a 250th anniversary celebration of the composer's birth. He debuted with the Phoenix Symphony in 2002, conducting a 9/11 memorial concert, which included his own arrangement of the National Anthem.

 

He has also served as the Musical Director for the Phoenix Theater and the Black Theatre Troupe, where he received an AriZoni Award for BTT's production of Blues in the Night. As the first Music Director for the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Mr. Massaro conducted numerous stage productions, winning awards for his work there. Mr. Massaro began his career in Los Angeles as a vocal coach and conductor, later moving to New York City to coach and accompany several artists from the Metropolitan Opera.

 

He is currently working as a scriptwriter for a fictional TV crime series as well as several feature films based on the lives of famous classical musicians.

 

As an award-winning composer, arranger and conductor, he is also ideally suited to create high quality film music.

 

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© John Massaro

2019: HirtAgency strikes Development Deal for a Motion Picture for iEmmy-Winner Chris Silber

HirtAgency strikes a development deal for an international motion picture with international Award-winning Scriptwriter Chris Silber for Munich based production company Lucky Bird Pictures. Their films are distributed worldwide and are shown in cinemas and on television in Italy, France, Spain, Great Britain and the USA.

 

Producers are Oliver Schündler and Boris Ausserer. As producer of the feature film Elser, Schündler was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize in 2015 together with Boris Ausserer.

© 2013 Chris Silber

2019: HirtAgency Client Benedict Fitzgerald writes for groundbreaking CBS TV-Series "Evil"

HirtAgency client Benedict Fitzgerald, co-writer of "The Passion of The Christ", is part of the New York based writers' room for the new, stunningly frightening CBS psychological mystery "Evil".

 

It is being brought to life by seasoned Creators Michelle and Robert King ("The Good Wife"). They also serve as Executive Producers of the show along with Liz Glotzer from King Size. The supernatural Thriller "Evil" is set to premiere on September 26, 2019/9c on CBS.

 

The show follows a skeptical psychologist (Katja Herbers from HBO´s "Westworld"), a priest in training (Mike Colter from Netflix's "Luke Cage") and a contractor as they investigate possible miracles, demonic possessions and other unexplained phenomena.

© 2019 Olimpia

2019: HirtAgency represents Producer Ken Frith for the international market

Ken is an award-winning film producer of feature films and documentaries for international distributors and broadcasters. He is president of Gold Star Productions Inc., a full-service, award-winning film and production company in Vancouver. Currently he is producing the rom-com "Godfrey" with his producing partner Jason Bourque with an LA team.

 

Ken produced the feature film “Black Fly,” that premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, aired on Super Channel in Canada and is available on multiple VOD platforms in the US and Canada (such as I-tunes, Comcast, Rogers and Shaw VOD).

 

Recently, Ken was the lead producer of the feature film “Drone,” starring Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Martian, Game of Thrones). Myriad Pictures is distributing the film internationally. It has been released theatrically through Screen Media in the US and is currently available on Netflix USA.  “Drone” has been an international success having sold to over 24 countries around the world.  In 2019, Ken will be producing the dramatic thriller “Trapline,” starring Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games).

 

Ken has also produced several international feature documentaries that have been filmed around the world and broadcast in Japan, US, France, South Africa and Canada. One such documentary, “Music for Mandela,” highlights the impact of music in Nelson Mandela’s life. “Music for Mandela” won the Audience Choice Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival and Ken was nominated for a Leo Award as a Producer for Best Documentary.

Ken won a Leo Award as Producer – Best Documentary in the Arts/Performing Arts category for “Dreams of Flight” which had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and broadcast on Bravo! Television in Canada.

 

Ken oversees the business development of his film projects and has secured sales with international distributors and broadcasters. He has successfully closed financing on all of his film and television projects. Furthermore, Ken has worked closely with financial institutions, film completion bonders and film distributors ensuring the successful production and delivery of his company’s film and television projects.

 

Other credits include several award-winning commercials, shorts and PSA’s (Lotus and Bessie Awards for Excellence in Advertising in British Columbia) and numerous Leo nominated music videos.

2019: HirtAgency represents Scriptwriter Sue Bourque for Europe

An award-winning published writer, Sue’s varied background as a social worker, parent educator, national radio show contributor and reporter has translated into an equally diverse body of work in all genres. She has had several optioned thrillers, family, science fiction and horror scripts, many with writing partner Jason Bourque. Recently she completed the science fiction adventure “Crebots” currently being shopped to various production companies and developed through Telefilm Canada. Her produced thrillers “Borderline Murder” and “Stolen Daughter” both aired on Lifetime TV and are also available on various streaming platforms. Along with working as a ghost writer on various scripts, Sue has been focusing on developing TV series including the investigative procedural “The Eulogist Mysteries” and the episodic comedy “Trailer Park”. All of her work has her signature witty humor, subversive insights into the human condition and memorable characters.

 

Sue is a graduate of UNB’s creative writing program and holds a social work degree from the University of Victoria.

 

Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at. 

© 2019 Sarah Bourque

2019: HirtAgency represents Screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson's Co-Writer for The Passion of the Christ

As son of famous American poet, critic and translator Robert Stuart Fitzgerald whose renderings of the Greek classics like Homer's The Odyssey and The Iliad became standard works in USA for a generation of scholars and students, Benedict first began to write what he thought were screenplays when he was in university (Harvard, class of 1971) that was when his interest in cinema took root.

 

He is the writer of the screenplay adaption of Flannery O' Connor's first novel Wise Blood. He and his brother Michael had agreed to work on the project together. The story is almost straight out of a motion picture dream. When the script was finished, they decided to mail it directly to John Huston – the legendary film director was semi-retired and living in Mexico. Three days after mailing the script to Huston, the director called and expressed his wish to direct the film. Michael moved heaven and earth to gather up enough financing to pay for the adventure. His and Benedict’s careers had begun. Michael went on to produce, Benedict to be a screenwriter.

 

With a legendary agent, Robbie Lantz, as guide, Benedict began to be hired as a writer. 

Many of the assignments Fitzgerald took on were adaptations, or else vaguely related to literary figures. The pictures that ended up on large or small screens were often directed by fine, talented directors such as George Kaczender, Pat O’Connor, Jonathan Kaplan, Nicolas Roeg – the results mixed, some very successful commercially, others less so.

   

Fitzgerald co-wrote the screenplay for 2004 blockbuster THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST with it's director, Mel Gibson. The film, financed entirely by Gibson, turned into the most successful independent motion picture in history!

 

Budget $30.000.000

Opening weekend $83.848.082

Gross (US & Canada) $370.782.930

Gross (World) $612.054.428

Release date

Feb 25, 2004 (United States)

Awards

Nominated for 3 Oscar Awards. Another 31 wins & 21 nominations

 

The movie was able to record a box office success of 212 million dollars at the box office on the second weekend in the USA. The film thus achieved the third-best box-office result in the USA after twelve days. In addition, The Passion of the Christ was able to enter the top 50 most successful films in the USA already after the second weekend. After three days in German cinemas, over 200,000 visitors had seen the new Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ. On its launch weekend, the film reached between 38,000 and 40,000 viewers in Austria.  In 2004, 1,349,020 Germans watched the film, which was re-released on March 24, 2005 with over 140 copies in German cinemas throughout Germany. About 67 million people in the USA saw the film. With a worldwide box-office takings of more than 612 million US dollars, The Passion of the Christ was able to enter the Top 100 of the most commercially successful films... According to Guinness Book of Records (Hamburg) in the 2006 edition, The Passion of the Christ is the most successful religious film of all time. The DVD and video version have also achieved record results to date. 2.5 million of a total of 15 million copies were sold in the USA on the first day! (Wikipedia)

Benedict has continued to write since that time. He has, for example, adapted one of the best known American short stories (A good Man is hard to find, by Flannery O’Connor) and other projects, some of his own, others by assignment. He is still very active, still the movie enthusiast he has always been.

 

Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at. 

© 2019 Olimpia

2018: HirtAgency represents Director Jason Bourque for Europe

Over the last decade, award-winning international director Jason Bourque has written and directed a wide variety of

features, television movies, series and documentaries, as well as over 60 commercials, short films and music videos. In 2007 Jason co-wrote and co-directed the theatrical documentary "Shadow Company" narrated by Gerard Butler. An in-depth look into the private military industry, the festival hit (SXSW, Hot Docs) was reviewed favourably in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Variety and has been used as teaching tool for the US Senate. Jason co-directed "Darwin's Brave New World" for CBC and ABC Australia, an award-winning docu-drama series shot in five countries.

 

Jason served as an executive story editor and writer (2 episodes) on the new high-octane thriller series "Insomnia" shot in Moscow, released through STARZ International in 2018.

 

Jason's feature "Drone", starring Emmy-award winner Sean Bean, has been an indie success story. Selling to over 30 territories, it was released theatrically in the US and was the #1 Indie and #2 Thriller on iTunes US. Recently it received 6 Leo Nominations and won for Best Editing and Best Supporting Male Performance in a Motion Picture. 

 

Recently Jason directed two episodes of the world's first English / Arabic Sci-fi series "Medinah" in Qatar.

 

It was introduced at Comic-Con International 2017, making the Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 25 Things to See List". His last movie, "Counterfeiting in Suburbia",was released July 1st on Netflix US and he is currently directing the sequel. His pilot for the Hallmark Mystery series "The Chronicle Mysteries" will be released spring 2019 along with his recent thriller “Woman On The Brink”.

 

Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at

 

2018: HirtAgency Client's New Novel "Black and White" is Out Now!

Congratulations to international bestselling author and HirtAgency Client Irene Dische. Her highly acclaimed novel „Black and White“ is available now. For film rights please contact Agency Director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at

2018: TV series by HirtAgency Client Chris Silber wins The Silver World Medal at the New York Festival of International TV

For international Co-Productions with Top Talent Chris Silber, “one of Europe’s hottest screenwriters” (Screen Intl.), please contact HirtAgency. The three-part TV series "Balaton Residence" wins The Silver World Medal at the New York Festival of International TV for Best Miniseries! Created and written by iEmmy Winner Chris Silber & Natalie Scharf for ZDF. Tune in for the spy stories of the secret agents of the onetime German Democratic Republic at Lake Balaton. 

© 2013 Chris Silber

2018: HirtAgency signs best-selling Author Irene Dische

In a brilliant addition to its high-profile roster of exceptional talents, HirtAgency has signed multiple, international best-selling author Irene Dische and exclusively represents her for the global film and tv marketing of her works. 

 

Link to Irene's international bestselling novel The Empress of Weehawken (SPIEGEL bestselling list Grossmama packt aus) and to her new novel Florida Man (German title: Schwarz und Weiss): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eiw-IrnCFQ 

 

Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at

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2018: HirtAgency strikes Development Deal for International High-Profile TV-Series for Client Chris Silber

HirtAgency strikes Development Deal for International High-Profile TV-Series for Client Chris Silber with a major European Film Production Group. Chris Silber is a multiple, international award-winning Screen Writer & Film Director (e.g. “Goodbye Lenin”, Tatort “Swan Lake” - viewer record of the year) and iEmmy-Winner. Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at

2017: HirtAgency signs multiple award-winning Writer-Director Ernst Gossner

In another exciting addition to its high-profile roster of exceptional talents, HirtAgency has signed multiple, international award-winning Writer-Director Ernst Gossner (e.g. "Silent Mountain" with Claudia Cardinale, William Moseley, Fritz Karl) and exclusively represents him for the worldwide film and tv market. Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at

© 2017 Florian Schneider 

2017: HirtAgency signs iEmmy-Award-Winner Chris Silber

In another brilliant addition to its high-profile roster of exceptional talents, HirtAgency has signed multiple, international award-winning Screen Writer & Film Director Chris Silber (e.g. "Goodbye Lenin", Tatort “Swan Lake” - viewer record of the year) and represents, the iEmmy-Winner, for all international co-productions. Please direct all inquiries to lead agent and agency director Isabella Hirt: isabella(at)hirtagency.at