Capital Arts is a full-service Los Angeles-based film and television (both series and long form) production, finance, sales and distribution company founded in 1995 by three Roger Corman alums – Mike Elliott, Rob Kerchner and Joe Genier. For over twenty years and now utilizing their dual studios in LA and Atlanta, Elliott, Kerchner and Genier have written, directed, and produced scores of feature and television films, along with dozens of television episodes, in every genre, for such diverse companies as Fox, MTV, BET, Warner Bros., Showtime, Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star, HBO, Lionsgate, VH1, Paramount, MGM, USA, Lifetime, Netflix, and Universal.
Their films have appeared in every major film festival and market including Tribeca, London, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Telluride, Slamdance, Milan, Sao Paulo, Cannes, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, and Sundance. Moreover, Capital Arts pioneered and continues to dominate the sequel longform market, producing new sequels to American Pie, Smokin’ Aces, Scorpion King (multiple sequels), Death Race (multiple sequels), Blue Crush (multiple sequels), Tremors, Werewolf, Kindergarten Cop, Little Rascals, Unbroken, Bring It On, Woody Woodpecker, Big Fat Liar, Tombstone, Halloween, War Games, The Prince and Me, Au Pair, Addams Family, Richie Rich, Timecop, Beethoven, Turbulence, and Honey (multiple sequels).
The team’s feature credits include the mega-hit series of Tyler Perry comedies, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married? Why Did I Get Married Too?, For Colored Girls, Meet the Browns, The Family that Preys, Madea Goes To Jail, and Madea’s Big Happy Family. Other film credits include the romantic comedy, My Best Friend's Girl, starring Kate Hudson and Dane Cook, The Eye, starring Jessica Alba, The Perfect Holiday, starring Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut, War, starring Jet Li and Jason Statham, Peaceful Warrior, starring Nick Nolte and Amy Smart, Akeelah and the Bee, starring Lawrence Fishburn and Angela Basset, Pride, starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac, and Happy Endings, starring Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lara Dern, which opened the Sundance Film Festival, and was presented with the Spirit of Sundance Award.
Capital Arts has partnered on multiple projects with renowed film director Rob Zombie including 31, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 From Hell. It oversaw the two Toronto Film Festival premieres All I Want, starring Elijah Wood, Franka Potente and Mandy Moore, and Attraction, starring Gretchen Mol and Tom Everett Scott, as well as The Prince & Me, starring Julia Stiles, Comic Book Villains which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, Skipped Parts, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Drew Barrymore, and Ernest Hemingway’s After the Storm, which starred Benjamin Bratt and won top honors at multiple festivals including New York and City of Angels.
Moreover, Capital Arts Entertainment has long been a leader in the market for television movies and series. The team’s television series credits include the 6-season MTV hit Teen Wolf, along with two original BET hit series -- The Quad and Hit The Floor -- as well as the comedy series Instant Comedy with The Groundlings, which ran for sixty five episodes on F/X. Their television movie credits include Au Pair (the highest rated original movie to date in the history of the ABC Family Channel) as well as top rated television movies including The Michael Jordan Story, The Cowboy and the Movie Star, Home for Christmas, The Elian Gonzalez Story, and Warden’s Ransom.
In 2005 Capital Arts created its independent film distribution arm, Push Worldwide, to handle some of Capital Arts' product, and also to acquire and sell independent features.
Capital Arts has dominated the market for branded entertainment ever since 1996 when Elliott, Kerchner and Genier first produced Casper: A Spirited Beginning, which became and remains the best-selling non-Disney video of all time, and was honored as the VSDA’s Video of the Year. Their first sequel to American Pie became the number one selling non-family direct-to-DVD title of all time. Their Prince and Me sequel was honored at VSDA as both Family Title of the Year, and Rental Title of the Year, and their American Pie: Band Camp was released by Universal Home Entertainment as one of the top 5 non-family direct-to-video titles of all time, followed up by Prince and Me 2 which was voted family title of the year and rental title of the year at VSDA.