Production house opens with a directorial roster consisting of Ben Younger, Bo Mirosseni, Alex Hanson, Brett Easton Ellis
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. -- Executive producers Simon Wallon and Don Block have launched international production and new media company The Devil You Know. The new venture--which opens with a roster consisting of directors Ben Younger, Bo Mirosseni, Alex Hanson and Bret Easton Ellis--is a sister shop to GARTNER as well as Kiss and Kill, which Block and Wallon continue to run, respectively. The Devil You Know will be engaged in traditional production, new media content, series and long-form projects.
A native of Paris, Wallon is founder/EP of the two-year-old Kiss & Kill which is active in commercials, shorts and music videos. Block, owner/EP of GARTNER, has a track record of spawning companies and talent.
Younger--the writer and director of cult thriller Boiler Room, and Meryl Streep starrer Prime--continues to helm edgy cinematic fare, his latest feature being Bleed for This, which stars Miles Teller as world champion fighter Vinny Pazienza, and Aaron Eckhart as the trainer who helped Pazienza come back to the ring after a near fatal car crash left him with a broken neck. The film is produced by Martin Scorsese and American Beauty and Silver Linings Playbook’s Bruce Cohen, and after a bidding war at Cannes has generated awards season buzz. Younger came up the commercial ranks as a grip and cameraman, and began his commercial directing career at Chelsea Pictures. At The Devil You Know, he will pursue authentic storytelling akin to the grit and edge of his body of feature work and his diverse passion for adventure; he is an avid motorcycle road-racer, surfer, and recently received his pilot’s license.
Mirosseni is a character-driven storyteller who started his film career interning at MTV in New York where he got hands on experience. From there he begin making skate videos which then led to him directing music videos. He later directed a commercial for Virgin Mobile, which was nominated at the Cannes Young Director Showcase. That generated attention and soon thereafter he signed with Partizan. Since then, Mirosseni has had his work featured in numerous festivals all over the world, received Vimeo Staff Picks, and extensive press coverage. His music video for Disclosure was selected for the top 10 best music videos of 2014 on Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Stereogum, IMVDB and Video Static. The director’s ad endeavors include spots for Desperados, Bouygues, KFC and he recently wrapped up two films for Mercedes-Benz.
Hanson was originally trained as a classical musician from the ripe age of three. He studied graphic design at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, leading him to begin his career as a lead designer at Prologue Films, where he created imagery for high profile films under the mentorship of Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount. Later joining Psyop as a commercial director, Hanson came into his own as a filmmaker, crafting a unique sense of graphic staging unified with storytelling. His work includes spots for Toyota, Whirlpool, Jim Bean and Carl’s Jr.
Ellis is an acclaimed writer, whose provocative literary work includes "Less Than Zero," "American Psycho," "Glamorama," "Lunar Park" and "Imperial Bedrooms." Over the past few years he has also been involved in numerous feature film projects as a screenwriter including the experimental thriller The Canyons, directed by Paul Schrader. In the last year, Ellis has embarked on a directorial career. After completing a series of short films at PRETTYBIRD, Ellis wrote and directed a short brand film for Persol out of Publicis Paris, and L’Ecurie for Wallon and Kiss & Kill. Ellis is currently working on creative for his next branded short.
Oritte Bendory, head of sales and NY executive producer for GARTNER, will oversee the marketing, sales, and development of the Devil roster, working with Kelly Flint of Strike Media in the dedicated sales role. The Devil You Know will be handled by Jen Giles/Scout Creative Representation in the Midwest and at press time was in discussions to line up sales representation on the West Coast.