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"Hi Point Studios Launches Goodness Media for Film and Music"
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Hollywood, CA - Nestled between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Hi Point Studios is a production house based in the capital of entertainment, Los Angeles. Run by the movie making team, brothers, producer Paul Goldsby and director Kennedy Goldsby, alongside co-producer Frank Pinnock, Hi Point Studios is quickly establishing itself as the newest state of the art facility for television, movie and music projects. The 18,000 square foot facility houses all the accouterments for productions big and small, including a green screen, offices, make-up rooms, lighting and cameras. Current endeavors being filmed at Hi Point Studios include projects with Cedric The Entertainer, Bentley Evans, producer of "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "Martin") and Miguel A. Nuñez.
Under the banner of Goodness Films, the Goldsby Brothers are also completing production on two major motion films, written, directed and produced by them, to be released later this year. The first theatrical release, "The Trap Door" stars Obba Babatundé and Chico Bennymon . "If I Tell You I Have to Kill You" slated for a late 2010 release, stars Tom Sizemore, Keith David and Tommy "Tiny" Lister. Music producer John Barnes, recognized for his work with Michael Jackson, serves as music supervisor for both productions.
The brothers also recently completed the film, "Haitian Nights" starring Vivica Fox and are working on a new TV series starring Obba Babatundé, Morgan Freeman and James Pickens called "Horse Talk." In addition, they have a sitcom series "Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles," in the works, executive produced by co-creator of "The Cosby Show," Ed Weinberger, based on the film by the same name.
The trio is no stranger to the magic of movie making and music production. Paul Goldsby, the president of Goodness Media, alongside his brother Kennedy Goldsby, wrote, produced and directed the underground hit "Love Beat the Hell Outta Me, their first release in 2000 which starred Glenn Plummer (Speed) and Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow). The film earned revenues on excess of one million dollars at the box office before going on to a lucrative release in cable (BET, Showtime), video and DVD. Their follow up effort, "Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles," in 2004, quickly became, in just its first month of sales, Urban Works Entertaiment's largest grossing film starring Clifton Powell, A.J. Johnson, and Glenn Plummer.
Besides their production work, the Goldsbys have brokered distribution deals on behalf of other producers. At Urban Entertainment, Paul Goldsby secured the television rights for Blair Underwood's "The Second Coming." At Lightyear Entertainment, on behalf of its producer, Paul negotiated for the North American Rights for "The Gristle." Operating on behalf of Michael Jenkinson, formerly head of acquisitions for Twentieth Century Fox, the Goldsbys successfully brokered the deal to distribute "Sista's In the City" through Lightyear Entertainment. Paul Goldsby has also worked as a music writer alongside Lenny Kravitz and produced music acts at Virgin Records.
Frank Pinnock has paved a long road to Hi Point Studios. After helming the Rudy Ray Moore classic, "Return of Dolemite" in 2000 , he went on to direct the ground breaking, high definition feature film "Blues Journey," an unofficial homage to blues recording legend Robert Johnson. Never one to sit still, Francis also co-produced the highly anticipated comedy "Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles." In 2003 he directed a short film entitled "Thursday Child" about an African American male suffering from clinical depression. The short received favorable response and was accepted at the 2003 Pan African Film Festival where it received great reviews. Frank's career has seen him direct music videos, television pilots and numerous films.
Mixing movie magic with music, Goodness Records, distributed by Universal Music, will introduce the label's debut artist, Philadelphia native Sizzol Pop. His new single, "Shortie, What's Up," featuring Sean Samara, will drop this summer. The single's video will be promotionally tied to the movie release of "The Trap Door."
"Helming the operation of Hi Point Studios and Goodness Media is an amazing opportunity," cites director Kennedy Goldsby. We are right here in Hollywood, right is the middle of it all. It's never been done like this. We have plans to produce and make an impact in Hollywood that raises the bar even higher."
Expresses president of Goodness Media, Paul Goldsby, "Our vision is to build upon a brand that is synonymous with feeling good. We are dedicated to cultivating and inspiring a legacy that will extend beyond folk's current expectations."
For more information on Hi Point Studios, check out www.HiPointStudios.com .
NOTE TO MEDIA: Paul and Kennedy Goldsby are available for interviews at jazzmynepr (a.t) gmail.com.