SC Films is an International Sales, Distribution, Finance and Production Company founded by Simon Crowe, formerly MD of Velvet Octopus and Head of Sales at Mel Gibson’s Icon Entertainment International and Capitol Films.
SC Films is a joint venture with financier Matthew Joynes. Matthew Joynes is involved in all aspects of film financing, 3D technology and non-film businesses. Primarily SC Films is a films sales company, securing domestic and international sales and distribution as well as providing minimum guarantees, equity and bank GAP for producers. As part of this process, we develop unique strategies for each picture, drawing upon our expertise in development, production, sales, financing and distribution.
SC Films can provide:
- Minimum guarantees against international and domestic rights.
- Tax rebates cashflowed and managed.
- Source content from leading producers and agents from around the world.
- Film sales and licensing world-wide to independent distributors and/or studios.
- Creation of international and domestic marketing campaigns
- Royalty reports and overage collection by territory to maximise revenues
- P&A control by territory
- Access to film festivals ie Cannes, Toronto and Berlin
Meet the team
Simon is one of the most respected names in the film sales industry. Founder of Velvet Octopus and formerly Head of Sales at Icon Entertainment International and Capitol Films, Simon has a wealth of experience in the International sales, production and distribution business.
In November 2008 Simon decided to go solo and formed SC Films International with financier Matthew Joynes. He has been responsible for the International sales of commercial and art house films, most recently: ‘Monkey King – Hero is Back’ (No.1 Chinese animation film of all time: $155,000,000 BO), ‘The Reef’ animation franchise, ‘Yellowbird’ from TeamTo, Gabor Csupo’s ‘The Secret Of Moonacre’, Sony’s ‘Legion’, George Clooney’s ‘Sand and Sorrow’, Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’, Robert Altman’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, ‘Lucky Number Slevin’ starring Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis and the action adventure ‘Stormbreaker’.
Matthew was called to the Bar in 1993 and completed his legal training at 1 Crown Office Row, before working in the banking and entertainment sector. Matthew has extensive legal experience of corporate finance transactions and entertainment law.
Matthew is currently based in LA and is involved extensively in new tech businesses and film production. Recent successes include: Apple gaming tool ‘Gamevice’, tablet ‘Wikipad’ and the recently launched ‘Gaming Hall of Fame’ for gamers and VR.
Matthew recently produced two films: ‘Stolen’ starring Nic Cage, and ‘Bullet’ starring Danny Trejo.
Fumie Suzuki Lancaster
Director of International Sales & Marketing
Fumie is a graduate of Rikkyo University (Tokyo, Japan) in International Law.
She joined GAGA in 2002, which is one of the most successful distribution companies in Japan. Fumie was in charge of the Acquisition and Marketing of the European film department.
In her role as a film buyer, she was responsible for finding high quality arthouse films for the Japanese market. She worked on more than 40 films such as Oscar-winning film ‘March of the Penguin’, ‘Downfall’ ,’Girl with a Pearl Earring’ etc, and as a result, she gained an expertise into worldwide and also Japan’s current markets. Fumie moved to London in May 2007 and joined SC Films International as a Sales and Marketing Executive, specialising in Far Eastern territories. Now Fumie is responsible for all non-english speaking International sales and aquisitions (recently licenced ‘Monkey King: Hero is Back’ the No.1 Chinese animated film of all time $155,000,000 BO).
Acquisitions & Legal Manager
Russell is a graduate of Goldsmiths University, BA Sociology.
Upon leaving higher education he joined the production team on the Oscar-winning film ‘The Hurt Locker’ working as a camera trainee. The experience spurred him into pursuing a career in the film industry and shortly thereafter Russell enrolled on the MA Screen Project Development course at Screen Academy Scotland. During the year Russell produced the short film ‘Downing’ which travelled festivals worldwide and was later acquired for UK distribution by Peccadillo Pictures.
In 2010 Russell returned to London. He gained an array of industry experience in development, sales and distribution as he completed work placements at a number of companies, latterly working as a Production Associate at Matador Pictures on six feature films including ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Outpost: Black Sun’.