Pitch Michael Kananack (Saturday, October 14th 2017)

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Pitch Michael Kananack

Michael is looking for high-concept and commercial films - Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Documentary, Historic/Period, Romantic Comedies, and Horror Features. NO low-concept dramas or comedies.


MIDDLE MAN, distributed by Gathr Films


Michael Kananack is a US and International Acquisitions and Sales executive, adept in acquiring content and coordinating nationwide theatrical releases of award-winning world cinema. Recognized for building relationships with international buyers, sales agents, and film financiers to enhance sales and content acquisition efforts and generate revenue. He is a proven success at cultivating relationships with key producers, directors, and investors in the Feature TV and Documentary world.

Kananack is currently the Consultant/Producers Representative for the Feature Length Documentary Nureyev: An Orgy of One, directed by Jacqui Morris with Focus Features/Universal Pictures distributing. He is also also Producing/Packaging and Financing the next Daniel Grove (THE PERSIAN CONNECTION) project, the Prison/Action Film HELL'S PRISONER, based on a true story.


Kananack has wide network of connection to take his feature projects after entering the industry in the early '90s at AKA movies Inc. (AIR BUDSLASH, GUT FEELING) before becoming the Vice President of Acquisitions/Sales at NeoClassics Films (ST. TRINIAN'S, THE BLACK BALLOON, THE HEDGEHOG), working in Film Sales at Premiere Entertainment (THE ILLUSIONIST, THE VEIL), and most recently working with Gathr Films (Walk with Me, Girl Rising, The Square) and the nascent UnAnnounced Film Company LTD. He also executive produced the indie horror/comedy ATTACK OF THE HERBALS in 2011.


Previous company credits include:

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Tips on pitching to Michael Kananack


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