Entrepreneurs Campbell, Hughes Found Cantinas Entertainment

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:07 -- Nick Dager

Entrepreneurs Greg Campbell and Wendy and B. Wayne Hughes Jr. have founded Cantinas Entertainment, a fully funded venture dedicated to releasing multi-platform entertainment that inspires and informs through positive, life affirming stories. The company will finance the development, production and P&A for films as well as the development and production for television properties.

In addition to producing original content under the Cantinas Entertainment banner and partnering with established studios and companies, the newly formed business will also fully finance independent productions that are in line with the company's vision. 

"Our goal is to brand Cantinas Entertainment as an industry leader in the family entertainment marketplace," said co-founder and CEO Greg Campbell.  "Instead of conforming to a sea of sameness in the world of entertainment, Cantinas is very specific about the projects the company embraces and the messages that are highlighted. The company believes entertainment should affirm life's positivity and reinforce messages of selfless giving, elevating stories of compassion, heroism and optimism. Cantinas aims to spark a sense of hope in audiences around the globe."

Multiple projects already slated for production and release through Cantinas Entertainment include a co-production and financing deal with Mike Medavoy (Black Swan, Shutter Island, Miss Potter, Zodiac) of Phoenix Pictures and his new company, along with producers Doug McKay and Robert Kaplan of Rubicon Entertainment, and producer Christopher Trunkey for Bridge to Jabez.

Both McKay (formerly of Phoenix Pictures) and Kaplan are currently set to produce an upcoming film project for Cantinas based on Brenda Spahn's book Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God and Gumption, with Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men) set to direct. Other soon to be announced film projects currently in development includes a feature film adaptation of Redeeming Love" the hugely popular novel by best-selling author Francine Rivers, and a project in partnership with AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures.

"By offering inspirational stories of hope and positive values, Cantinas believes in entertainment with integrity, stories that inspire, and relatable messages that reinforce faith and address universal themes. Our commitment is to deliver that to audiences through a multi-platform approach in film and television," said Wendy Hughes.