Saturday, June 16, 2012

Press Release: Horror, Sci-Fi Genre Vets Launch Dark Ride Entertainment with Investment from Struans Media

Creative Team of Emmy-Award Winning Filmmakers To Release Eight Low-Budget Genre Films In Two Years

June 12, 2012 – Los Angeles – Award-winning veterans of the horror/sci-fi genres today announced the launch of Dark Ride Entertainment ( and its partnership with Struans Media ( Struans Media’s financial investment in Dark Ride will fully fund its first slate of eight genre films to be completed by 2015.

“Dark Ride was created to fill a void in fun, entertaining horror and sci-fi films with great production values that can be made at an affordable cost,” said William Butler, President, Dark Ride Entertainment. “The team at Dark Ride has all done this successfully before; we’re fortunate to have developed a cost effective system of production, and we’re excited to go on this ride with Struans Media. It's great to embark on this journey at a time when Hollywood is realizing you don’t always need big names and big budgets to create films that are both entertaining and profitable."  

Dark Ride’s creative team includes filmmaker William Butler, who previously directed “Madhouse” for Lionsgate/Lakeshore, “Furnace” for Weinstein Co. and has written for the SyFy Channel. John Vulich, who has won three Emmy Awards for special effects and makeup on “The X-Files” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” television series, is vice president and will lend his producing and extensive special and visual effects resources to the productions. 

“Dark Ride’s creative team’s track record and vision makes them the perfect partners for Struans Media,” said George Malasek, CEO, Struans Media. “Our goal has always been to fully finance projects we are passionate about that will entertain a wide audience of fans and by investing in Dark Ride, we are accomplishing this goal.”

The first film will be “Hell Storm,” a post-apocalyptic sci-fi/horror project written and directed by Butler, filming in Los Angeles in late summer 2012. The films will all be executive produced by Struans Media partners George Malasek and John Cole. Overseeing physical production is Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Peter Garcia. 

Established in 2012 by veterans in the horror and sci-fi genres, Dark Ride is a film production company dedicated to high-quality, low-cost genre films that offers a new style of entertainment to fans worldwide. Dark Ride’s creative team includes Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, writers, special effects artists and producers with more than 50 years of combined experience in the entertainment industry. The company is headquartered in Los

Struans Media, Inc. is a global entertainment investment and management company, focused on producing, acquiring, financing and distributing all entertainment content. Designed as a virtual studio; the company’s services include film financing, finishing funds and P&A funding for both traditional and new media. The members of the executive management team are seasoned professionals; with extensive backgrounds in international merchant banking, business and legal support and   entertainment finance and packaging. To further achieve their goals, Struans Media has partnered with some of the most successful studios, production, distribution and sales companies in the industry.   

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