In 2011, Lee Nelson expanded EMA’s feature film and TV division, hiring executives David Buelow (President of Film and Television) and David Tish (EVP Creative Affairs).  This expansion was supported by an investment of $3.5 million dedicated to feature film development and production.

EMA’s film division is always looking for IP with international appeal. It has purchased screenplays, books, remake rights, and unpublished manuscripts.  The company has self-financed a wide variety of films with budgets up to $2.5 million and has financing partners for larger projects.

In late 2015 EMA and the National Bank of Canada entered into a $50 million credit facility to expand EMA’s slate of upcoming films.  The deal includes a bridge facility, which will allow it to confirm talent and start prep in advance of the close of each film’s completion bond.

EMA has produced five feature films over the past five years including MR. CHURCH, its latest production, staring Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, and Natascha McElhone. Directed by Bruce Beresford and produced by Lee Nelson and David Buelow, this film will have its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd 2016.   Also financed by EMA and produced by Lee Nelson is the feature film CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Woods and Emma Roberts. This film had its World Premiere as an Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics.

When it makes creative sense, EMA brings its commercial directors to its film projects, thus offering some of the best short form storytellers and visual artists a chance to expand their talents.


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“Mr. Church” Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection

Mr Church Tribeca

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

 

Feature Awards

WHO WE WORK WITH:

WHO WE WORK WITH: FILM

Development

Coming Soon

MISFORTUNE

Action Thriller

synopsis

A businessman becomes separated from his embezzled money in remote wilderness.  Three college students discover the money while canoeing and their friendships are tested by the lure of keeping the cash.

director

Lucky McKee

writers

Jared Butler & Lars Norberg

producers

Lee Nelson & David Tish

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

executive producer

David Buelow

status

Casting

WACO

Action, Drama

synopsis

Narrative feature film to explore the events of the ATF raid on Mt. Carmel, Texas, the 51-day siege that followed, and the devastating compound fire that resulted in the deaths of 81 civilians

producer

Lee Nelson

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

writers

Rupert Wainwright & James Hibberd

status

In Development

Coming Soon

RED ICE

Thriller

synopsis

An ice road trucker leads a convoy over the frozen Arctic seas where they are hunted by animals thought only to exist in local legend.

director

Dennis Iliadis

writers

Keith Redman & Peter Filardi

producers

Lee Nelson & David Buelow

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

executive producer

David Tish

status

Casting

Coming Soon

DISSONANCE

Fantasy Thriller

synopsis

A teenage girl has the power to navigate between alternate realities —and the power to save multiple worlds…

Based on the young adult trilogy by Erica O’Rourke

producers

Lee Nelson, David Buelow, David Tish

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

screenwriter

Jennifer Quintenz

status

In Development

Coming Soon

HALO

Romantic Thriller

synopsis

Three angels are sent down to bring good to the world: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. But she is the most human, and when she is romantically drawn to a mortal boy, the angels fear she will not be strong enough to save anyone―especially herself―from the Dark Forces

Based on the young adult trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto

producers

Lee Nelson & David Tish

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

executive producer

David Buelow

screenwriter

Brian M. Scully

status

In Development

Coming Soon

PEZ

Animation

synopsis

PEZ Movie is a fully animated family adventure story with a slightly irreverent tone about a misfit group of PEZ characters who go in search of their missing candy.

producers

Lee Nelson & David Buelow

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

executive producer

David Tish

writer

Cameron Fay

status

In Development

Coming Soon

A PIECE OF CAKE

Drama

synopsis

Inspirational drama about the true story of Cupcake Brown, a junior high dropout turned prostitute & drug addict who after hitting rock bottom, turns her life around to become a successful California attorney.

Based on New York Times Best Seller

producers

David Buelow & Lee Nelson

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

executive producer

David Tish

status

In Development

Coming Soon

COMMITTED

Romantic Comedy

synopsis

A commitment wary man comes to the aid of a woman stranded on the side of the road in a wedding dress. The two learn about life, love and each other as he tries to get the bride to her wedding – only to discover that things aren’t exactly what they appear to be.

Based on Greek filmmaker Stelana Kliris’s 2014 feature “Committed”

producers

Lee Nelson & David Buelow

Developed & to be produced by E.M.A.

executive producer

David Tish

writer

Claudia Grazioso

status

In Development

 

Completed Films

MR. CHRUCH

Drama

synopsis

A unique friendship develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.

starring

Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson

director

Bruce Beresford

writer

Susan McMartin

producers

Lee Nelson, David Buelow, Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon

executive producer

David Tish

status

In Theaters September 16th, 2016

FREEZER

Action, Thriller

synopsis

An action/thriller about an everyday mechanic locked in a freezer by Russian thugs who insist he return their money. Problem is he has no idea what they’re talking about… or does he?

starring

Dylan McDermott, Yuliya Snigir and Peter Facinelli

director

Mikael Salomon

producers

Lee Nelson, David Buelow, Rhonda Baker

EMA Produced and Provided Production Financing

status

US Release, January 2014.

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Romantic Comedy

Certified Fresh Award!

synopsis

A story that follows a divorcing couple as they try to maintain their friendship whilst pursuing other relationships.

starring

Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Woods, Emma Roberts and Will McCormack

director

Lee T. Krieger

producers

Lee Nelson, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd

co-producer

David Buelow

awards

Premiered at Sundance Film Festival and Distributed by Sony Classics

CJ AWARDS

 

CHAINED

Horror, Thriller

synopsis

A 10-year-old boy is abducted and raised by a serial killer. Now a young man, the victim learns the only way he’ll likely survive is to follow in the killer’s footsteps.

starring

Vincent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber and Gina Phillips

director

Jennifer C. Lynch

producers

Lee Nelson, David Buelow, Rhonda Baker

status

Domestic distribution by Anchor Bay. International sales handled by Myriad Pictures.

awards

SITGES

 

JANIE JONES

Drama, Music

synopsis

A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.

starring

Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola and Elisabeth Shue

writer/director

David M. Rosenthal

executive producer

Lee Nelson

E.M.A. provided finishing funds

status

Premiered at Toronto Film Festival; Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection

Toronto International Film FestivalTribeca Film Festival

PATHFINDER

Action, Adventure

synopsis

A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Now raised within the tribe, the boy ultimately becomes their savior, when they are forced to fight against the Norsemen.

starring

Karl Urban, Clancy Brown and Moon Bloodgood

director

Marcus Nispel

executive producer

Lee Nelson

Developed by E.M.A. & Phoenix Pictures

status

Released by Twentieth Century Fox