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Ground-Zero, Director Bill Duke Form Four Winds for Direct-to-Video Projects; Eminem's Animated 'Slim Shady Show' Bows November 2002

9 Oct, 2001 By: Hive News

Ground-Zero Entertainment and Hollywood director Bill Duke(Predator, Hoodlum, Deep Cover, "Hill Street Blues") have formed a new joint venture called Four Winds Film and Television Group. The new company wasdeveloped specifically to provide an independentproduction and distribution outlet for new filmmakers and creative talent.

Behind the combined strengths of the new partnership -- Duke's company, Duke Media, coupled with two-year-old Ground-Zero's distribution channels -- Four Winds hopes to attract an influx of projects to be turned into direct-to-DVD/VHS properties.

"I am excited that we havecreated this platform with Ground-Zero to build together a myriad of media properties for the future. This unique venture combines our existing facilities, people, and experience of two veryseasoned companies," said Duke.

Four Winds is currentlydeveloping projects covering a variety of genres and plans to have its first joint release by summer 2002.

Set for a November 2002 release is the animated Eminem Presents: The Slim Shady Show.

"We saw an opportunity in the popularity of Eminem's Web-based animated series," said Ground-Zero's c.e.o. Anthony Perez. "The numbers were such that we knew with a bit of creative adaptation and expansion, it would be a winner on DVD/VHS. So we are now working with the creators to distribute all newepisodes along with behind-the-scenes footage of Eminem."

Other projects on tap include Blazin' an urban/Latino action drama featuring rap artist Fat Joe, and Gangstresses, which chronicles Black women in business and features Mary J. Blige. The company also has a martial arts series hosted by members of rap act Wu Tang Clan, along with their music videos.

All Four Winds properties will be distributed both domestically by Ground-Zero and in the United Kingdom via Ground-Zero's new venture with Medusa. International distribution is set to begin in February 2002 via Ground-Zero U.K. The company will be releasing its U.S. titles in this territory in addition to its acquisitions obtained specifically for the U.K. market.

The new company will also be establishing a new division called Ground-Zero Latino to provide opportunities for Latin talent, adds Perez. The first release will be Suckers, a comedy starring Danny De La Paz (American Me, Boulevard Nights).

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