Producer Ross Dinerstein (The Pact, Mr. Jones, The Divide) has launched a new venture – a multifaceted film, television, digital content, commercial production and postproduction company called Campfire.
Dinerstein has produced or executive produced over 25 feature films in the last 10 years. Content Media is financially backing the venture.
Campfire’s first produced films include The Diabolical – a high concept sci-fi horror film starring Ali Larter; Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare, which follows the disturbing investigation into the demonic visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis and provoked by Ascher’s own unsettling experiences with the condition; and a documentary about the personal computer wars of the 1980s centering on Compaq computer and its takedown of IBM.
“Campfire is the company that I have been planning since I started in this business, and Content Media has given me the support and resources to make this dream a reality,” said Dinerstein.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Campfire will serve as a supplier of mainstream projects for studios, major independents, networks, cable channels and digital platforms. On the film side, Campfire will produce anywhere from two to three films a year at varying budget levels and genres, as well as one to two television and digital series, and three to four commercials a year through its relationships with European-based commercial production companies, and will provide postproduction services to both its own projects and third-party projects.
Dinerstein will build out the Campfire executive management team over the coming months but has already appointed Joel Henry as Campfire’s head of physical production, Saul Herckis as head of postproduction and Andrew Schwarz as its coordinator of production and development. Lydia Dunham will continue to assist Dinerstein as he runs the day-to-day operations of the company.
Prior to launching Campfire, Dinerstein served as co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV (PFTV). His film The Pact premiered in the Park City at Midnight Section at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Midnight acquired the film in North America and released it theatrically in July 2012. The Pact 2 is currently in release in the U.S. and will be released all over the world over the next few months. Dinerstein also served as an executive producer on the documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi and the television pilot The Rebels for Amazon Studios. Other films produced by Dinerstein include the 2009 Sundance official selection The Killing Room directed by Jonathan Liebesman and The Grand directed by Zak Penn.