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XYZ Teams With Finland-Based VC Fund to Raise $100 Million Genre Film Slate Fund

By Tom Grater

DEADLINE

November 7, 2019

https://deadline.com/2019/11/xyz-teams-finland-based-vc-fund-raise-100m-genre-film-slate-fund-1202779737/

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XYZ Films and Finland-based venture capital firm IPR.VC have joined forces to raise a $100m fund that will be utilized to back a slate of genre pictures.

The money will fund 15-20 features and will focus on filmmaker-driven independent genre fare. It gives XYZ more muscle to fully-finance in-house.

The move is the latest in a busy year for XYZ, with the company having also established a talent management division with the hiring of former Universal & ICM Exec Peter Van Steemburg in June. XYZ also hired Tatyana Joffe as its President of International Sales & Distribution back in January.

“Our model has always been making responsibly-budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support.  With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing,” said XYZ partners Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.

The deal was negotiated by Maxime Cottray for XYZ Films and by Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC.

“XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund. We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors,” says Timo Argillander, Managing Partner of IPR.VC.

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XYZ Raises $100 Million in Production Financing

by Dave McNary

Variety

November 7, 2019

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/afm-xyz-films-100-million-production-financing-1203394949/

Los Angeles-based production, sales and management outfit XYZ Films has raised $100 million in production financing across a slate of 15 to 20 films.

Venture capital firm IPR.VC, based in Helsinki, Finland, is co-financing the slate. XYZ made the announcement Thursday on the second day of the American Film Market.

Notable XYZ titles include Gareth Evans’ “The Raid” and “The Raid 2,” Macon Blair’s Sundance winner “I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore,” Karyn Kusama’s “The Invitation,” Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy” and Joe Penna’s “Arctic.”

XYZ said the funds enable it to fully finance or co-finance the filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand. Earlier this year, it hired Tatyana Joffe as its president of international sales and distribution, formed a documentary division and most recently establishing a talent management division.

“Our model has always been making responsibly budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support. With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing,” XYZ said.

“XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund. We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors,” said Timo Argillander, IPR.VC managing partner.

The deal was negotiated by Maxime Cottray for XYZ Films and by Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC

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XYZ Films Unveils $100 Million Genre War Chest

by Alex Ritman

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

November 7, 2019

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/xyz-films-unveil-100m-genre-war-chest-1253036

The capital boost enables XYZ — which has produced movies including the Nicolas Cage cult hit ‘Mandy’ — to fully finance or co-finance what the company describes as the “filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand.”

Genre specialists XYZ Films has raised about $100 million to fund a slate of 15 to 20 titles cofinanced by Finnish venture capital company IPR.VC.

The capital boost enables XYZ — which has produced movies including the Nicolas Cage cult hit Mandy and backed Gareth Evans’ martial arts breakouts The Raid and The Raid 2 — to fully finance or co-finance what the company describes as the “filmmaker- driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand.”

The move is the latest in a series of expansions at the 11-year-old production and sales banner founded by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian. This year, it branched out into talent management, created a documentary division and hired sales veteran and former Global Road executive Tatyana Joffe as its president of international sales and distribution.

“Our model has always been making responsibly budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support,” XYZ said in an announcement. “With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing.”

IPR.VC is a Helsinki-based venture capital fund investing in the media and entertainment sectors with a focus on intellectual property.

“XYZ’s bold vision and talentfocused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund,” said managing partner Timo Argillander. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors.”

The deal was negotiated by XYZ’s Maxime Cottray and IPR.VC’s Elisa Alvares. XYZ’s most recent films include Synchronic, starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan; the Cage cosmic thriller Color out of Space; and the sci-fi flick Stowawaystarring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette

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XYZ Secures $100 Million in Production Financing

by Jeremy Kay

SCREEN DAILY

November 7, 2019

https://www.screendaily.com/news/xyz-films-secures-100m-production-financing/5144490.article

In a significant step that signals its ambitions, Los Angeles-based genre specialist XYZ Films has secured approximately $100m in production financing to support a slate of 15-20 features co-financed by Finnish venture capital firm IPR.VC.

The fund raise enables XYZ to fully finance or co-finance the filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand and is the latest expansion after the hire of Tatyana Joffe as president of international sales and distribution, and the launch of documentary and talent management divisions.

Helsinki-based IPR.VC is backed by Nordic institutional investors and puts money in media and entertainment with a focus on intellectual property.

“Our model has always been making responsibly-budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support,” said the XYZ partners Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian. “With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing.”

“XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund,” said IPR.VC managing partner Timo Argillander. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors.”

Maxime Cottray of XYZ Films negotiated the deal with Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC.

XYZ’s AFM sales titles include thrillers Gilded Rage starring Christophe Waltz, Lily Collins and Bill Skarsgard, andAirborne with Alexandra Daddario. The company launched in 2008 and highlights include Gareth Evans’ The Raid and The Raid 2, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, and Joe Penna’s Arctic.