After successfully producing nine films as a partner of H|K Pictures, George M. Kostuch founded K|2 Pictures in 2006, a Baton Rouge based production company focused on low budget, genre-based films that are independently financed and produced within the state of Louisiana. Kostuch and Matt Keith, of Leverage Entertainment, have produced nearly twenty films together. In addition to their combined production experience and partnership, Kostuch and Keith consistently secured independent financing for their projects including the ongoing slate of SyFy Channel projects. They also assist other producers with different levels of financing including seed funding and gap financing. With their intimate knowledge of the Louisiana Motion Picture Incentive Act, both Kostuch and Keith have been part of countless film tax credit transactions and are consistently called upon as third party consultants on film tax credit-related matters.
K|2 Pictures 2010 production, Xtinction, starring Lochlyn Munro (of Dead Man On Campus), Mark Sheppard (of Battlestar Galactica) and rap star, Paul Wall, wrapped principal photography on February 1, 2010 and is nearing the end of post-production to meet a final delivery date of August 13, 2010.
Kostuch said, "We've delivered two projects to the network already where we just went out and made them on our own with the thought that the SyFy Channel would be interested. With the involvement of K2D and Mar Vista Entertainment on Xtinction, we have raised the bar in terms of the quality of product we are delivering. We will yet again be raising that bar with our next Sci-Fi project, Jules Verne’s: The Mysterious Island, based on Verne’s 1874 novel.” Principal photography for the project began in August 2010.
These recent films follow the SyFy Channel acquisition of two K|2 productions, Lockjaw: Rise of The Kulev Serpent (starring Hip Hop icon DMX) and Mutants (starring Michael Ironside of Top Gun and Steven Bauer of Scarface). Both of these projects are on the network’s regular rotation for the next two years.
K|2 Pictures’ and Leverage Entertainment’s already completed political thriller, Anytown (now re-titled American Bully) which made its world premiere in Calabasas, CA in March 2009 at the Method Fest Film Fest Film Festival where it garnered the Best Director Award for director Dave Rodriguez. The film then followed up with another festival showing in late April at the Charleston International Film Festival where it won the festival’s top honor, The Golden Crescent for Best Feature Film. After sweeping Charleston, American Bully then took away the award for Best Screenplay at the Long Island International Film Festival and also played the HBO Latino Film International in New York City. The film centers on a Middle American teenage boy who is affected by 9/11, terrorism, and the war in Iraq, and then becomes involved in an isolated high school altercation that escalates into a hate crime which shocks the entire nation. The film stars Matt O’Leary (of Live Free or Die Hard, Frailty, American Son), Marshall Allman (of Prison Break and True Blood), Dan Wells ( of Push), Paul Ben-Victor (of Entourage, The Wire, and True Romance), John Savage (of The Deer Hunter), and Natasha Henstridge (of Eli Stone and Species).
K2 recently announced the launch of two new divisions: Louisiana Film Production Services (LFPS) and K2D, an in-house distribution and sales division.
LFPS utilizes relationships with Louisiana vendors to bring outside productions better rates on everything from hotel rooms to rental cars to tax credit sales. LFPS also utilizes K|2's deep-rooted local connections to help producers navigate unexpected hurdles during a pre-production and principal photography.
K2D provides K|2 Pictures the ability to market and sell its own properties directly to networks, the U.S. home video market, the international market, and to any other revenue generating source. The formation of K2D is a direct reaction to the overall company focus, which is “bottom line driven”. By keeping distribution in-house and stream-lining the sales process, K2D aims to keep costs down and to retain tax-generating revenues within the state of Louisiana. By the end of 2010, K2D is set to begin representing titles from outside the K|2 Pictures’ slate.