EXCLUSIVE: Hideaway Entertainment has promoted Kristy Grisham as CEO of Development and Production, Ryan Cassells has been promoted to Director of Development and Production, and Jennifer Cox has been named Creative Executive. The expansion of the company reflects the latest initiative to expand its list by purchasing and selecting books, scripts, life rights, and other IPs at all stages of development.
In his role, Grisham will oversee the development and production of current film and television projects for The Hideaway, including an adaptation of Dan Schilling’s book. Combat Control Ron West with partner Thruline Entertainment (Greatand screenwriter Michael Russell Gunn (Billions). Grisham was instrumental in bringing the book’s proposal to the company and shipping the film, directed by Sam Hargrave (Extraction), Co-financed by The Hideaway and MGM.
Grisham is also overseeing it Otherwise illegal activity tik The wolf of Wall Street Writer Terence Winter; Victorian-era action-adventure image Run awayJames Watkins (next to AMC + Ipcress file) Is directed from a screenplay by Patrick McKay and John D. Payne (next to Amazon Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power); Deon Taylor’s drama Freedom Walk, Written by Steven Vosburg and Dusdi Fissett; as well as a comedy to become a genre Sleep TrainDeveloped in conjunction with screenwriter Andrew Nunnelly. Grisham is overseeing and producing the company’s next limited series For those I loveBased on the book by Martin Gray and Max Gallo, Robert Schenkkan (Hacksaw Ridge) is adapting.
Grisham had Joe and Anthony Russo as champions Cherry, Starring Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo, which was independently funded by The Hideaway with AGBO. He was also the executive producer of the film, which he sold to Apple TV + for less than $ 50 million, and was released last spring via a streaming giant.
“Our company is a business built to protect and nurture the creative community,” said Jonathan Gray, founder and CEO of The Hideaway Entertainment, and President Matthew Rhodes. “We are delighted to continue to promote and expand our team’s prestigious film and television commercial content, which deserves an interview with a global audience.”
“Kristy has the perfect taste for creative instincts and strong relationships, and a true love of embracing artists,” Rhodes continued. “He has a proven track record in finding unique and original content and has been instrumental in the success of this company and we are excited to see him continue to flourish here.”
“We are very focused on developing and packaging projects for distributors and strengthening our team will help us achieve that goal,” Rhodes and Grisham added in a joint statement. “Ryan has been with the company since its inception, and has continued to excel and influence the company in all areas of development, production and financing.
Prior to joining The Hideaway Entertainment in 2018, Grisham rose to the level of Endgame Entertainment for nearly a decade, developing and producing films. Looper, Come on Sunday, Free, Discovery and Side effects, among others. Prior to being on Endgame, he worked on Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Films and produced a number of films and TV shows, including the series. Friday Night Lights in his state of Texas.
Cassells started at The Hideaway as an executive assistant at Rhodes, and helped him Blood shot (Sony), Men in Black: International (Sony) and 22nd mile (STX). He worked as a good co-producer Cherry following the promotion to the executive. Prior to The Hideaway, he was an associate producer Says Charlie (IFC Films) and Time Freak (Lionsgate). Previously, she co-founded Lori McCreary with Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment and worked as an Innovative Artists in the Talent, General Counsel and Business Affairs departments.
Cox joined the company from Hasbro / eOne, where he helped manage a list of films that included them. Blue Bay, The happiest season and the next Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. He began his career at Lionsgate, among other things, working on projects La La Land, Hungry games and John Wick franchises, and Knives Out.