President, Partner, Talent & Development
Ms. Perry is responsible for overseeing development, and negotiating and packaging projects with talent and directors. Her duties include budgeting above the line costs and building and maintaining relations with industry peers, including agents, managers, attorneys, studio executives and talent.
Penny Perry has an extensive background in the entertainment industry; with over 25 years as a casting director, and casting over one hundred movies. She is considered one of Hollywood’s top “A-list” casting directors, and has been nominated for many awards. Penny is a member of both the Motion Picture Academy and the Television Academy, and has been active in Women in Film and the Independent Feature Project West for Independent Filmmakers. She has also held many high-profile executive positions, such as Vice President of Talent for Sony/Columbia Pictures, Vice President of Talent for HBO and presently the President of Talent for Larry Levinson Productions / Hallmark Channel.
Her years in the Entertainment Industry have enabled her to establish strong relationships with the top agents and managers in the entertainment industry, including Ed Limata/ICM, Joe Funicello/ICM, Eddy Yablans/ICM, Steve Dontanville/WMA, John Fogelman/WMA, and Nicole David/WMA, just to name a few. Penny Perry has consistently discovered many talented people, including Michele Pfeiffer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Heather Graham, Daryl Hannah, Dennis Quaid, Robin Wright Penn and Mila Jovovitch.
Some of her most noted movies are "Cocoon", "Ordinary People", "Midnight Express", “Young Guns”, “The Jerk” and “Time Cop”. Ms. Perry has been packaging talent and producing projects for the last five years. Ms. Perry produced “Hollywood Sign" with Tom Berenger, Burt Reynolds and Rod Steiger.
Partner, Acquisitions & Production
Eugene Davis is an established actor and accomplished producer with more than 25 years entertainment industry. He started his acting career on stage in New York and attended the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied under Sandy Meisner. He has performed on stage in numerous productions with actors such as Richard Gere and Robert Duball, and has held starring roles in plays including “Dymeter’s Lost Daughters”. In addition Mr. Davis starred in Roger Vadim’s feature film, "Night Games."
Mr. Davis’ experiences as an actor has proven to be invaluable in managing talent as a producer, and lend to his exceptional ability to match an actor to a project. Together with Ms. Perry, Mr. Davis formed Rocking Horse Productions with the purpose of finding character driven projects.
Ken Suddleson heads the Los Angeles office of Wildman Harrold. Having spent his entire career working in the entertainment industry, Ken is highly regarded for his experience in all facets of the entertainment industry and related businesses worldwide, including motion pictures, television, music and new media. Ken’s practice includes advising and representing major motion picture studios in such matters as the acquisition of film libraries and motion picture development, production and distribution. He also represents domestic and international major independent motion picture and television production companies, network and cable television programming producers and distributors, pay television exhibitors, program syndicators and others involved in creating, financing, distributing and/or exhibiting content in these media. His clients also include entertainment and e-commerce Internet ventures, and senior executives in various industries. Prior to working in private practice, Ken was executive vice president, Office of the Chairman of Paramount Pictures, where he shared responsibility for the overall management of the company and its various subsidiaries. In his capacity as executive vice president, he supervised a 55-person group that negotiated and documented all motion picture transactions involving the company, and he personally conducted negotiations involving major talent and acquisitions of motion pictures, plays and other productions. Ken also analyzed and negotiated proposed domestic and foreign co-production and co-financing transactions for motion picture and television productions. Ken was directly involved in the corporate budgeting process and strategic planning process. He organized, implemented and supervised Paramount's Fellowship Program, involving the selection and full-time employment of creative talent of candidates from seven universities and colleges.
Legal representation in the UK will be led by Leon Morgan of Davenport Lyons. Mr.Morgan is the firm's senior partner and head of the Media Department. A specialist in the production, financing and distribution of movies, television and other audio-visual material, Mr. Morgan has been actively involved in advising producers and financiers of a large number of feature movies and television productions. He has advised banks and other financiers on innovative film and television financing arrangements as well as acted in numerous film and TV financings through his representation of producers, banks and other financiers. Mr.Morgan has advised several funds involved in film sale and leaseback or similar financing arrangements and producers raising capital through the sale and leaseback of their movies.
Mr. Morgan's many clients in the media, entertainment, publishing and other related industries have included:
Barclays Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Close Brothers. Sale and leaseback funds. A wide range of film and television producers in the UK, USA and Europe including Phil Redmond (Mersey Television), Matthew Vaughn and Guy Ritchie, Franchise Pictures, The Producers Films, Shed Productions, Moonstone Entertainment, Cattleya s.r.l (a leading Italian producer) and many others . Individuals in the film and television industries: directors, including Mike Radford ("White Mischief" and "Il Postino") and Peter Howitt ("Sliding Doors"), producers, writers including Sir Peter Shaffer, the late Douglas Adams; and actors including Malcolm McDowell and the late Richard Harris.
Davenport Lyons. Mr. Morgan is an arbitrator for the AFMA (American Film Marketing Association) and an occasional member of the British Screen Advisory Council's committees.
Nigel Burke & John Graydon
Accountants for International acquisitions and production projects will be John Graydon and Nigel Burke of the Tenon Group. Mr. Graydon heads up the Film Unit for Tenon Media, providing specialist advice on accessing film financing opportunities in the UK and overseas. John has substantial experience in UK sale and leaseback transactions for both co-productions and Schedule 1 British productions.
Mr. Burke joined one of the Tenon legacy firms Godfrey Allan in 1995, where he established and managed the business management department focusing predominantly, but not exclusively on the music sector. As the sector developed an understanding of intellectual property values, Mr. Burke became increasingly involved in corporate transactions in this area and altered his focus to corporate finance opportunities in the media sector.
Much of Mr. Burke's work now centers on the film sector where he has considerable experience of sale & leaseback transactions, equity funding, and other film funding, both in the UK and overseas, along with preparation of business plans and financial modeling. Mr. Burke now provides the benefit of his considerable experience to many of Tenon's studio clients together with numerous of its UK, US and European independent producer clients.