Andrew Stevens, President/CEO of Andrew Stevens Entertainment and Stevens Entertainment Group, has produced and/or financed one hundred and eighty films through his various production and distribution companies. Unique in the motion picture industry, Stevens has functioned in almost every capacity in the entertainment business, from creative development of motion picture stories and screenplays, to foreign sales, distribution, post-production, deliveries and collections. He is an accomplished screenwriter, director, as well as prolific producer, academic author of several academic books, an educator and public speaker and was a successful actor for more than 20 years. Outside of the entertainment business, Stevens has been successful in both commercial and residential real estate development, song-writing for film, with 9 credited songs in film and 6 in TV to date, community service working with elderly patients with dementia, and E-Sports.
Active since January 2003, his company has developed, produced and/or arranged the financing for more than thirty motion pictures, including the newly completed Send It!, which he also directed, All good Things, 47 Hours the Lifetime movie, The Wrong Affair, Half Past Dead 2, Walking: Tall Lone Justice, Walking: the Payback, the SyFy Channel films, Fire From Below, Mongolian Death Worm and Mandrake, 7 Seconds and The Marksman, both starring Wesley Snipes, Black Dawn starring Steven Seagal, Pursued starring Christian Slater, Blessed starring Heather Graham, Method, starring Elizabeth Hurley, to name a few. including 7 Seconds (2005) and The Marksman (2005), both starring Wesley Snipes, Black Dawn (2005) starring Steven Seagal, Pursued (2004) starring Christian Slater, Blessed (2004) starring Heather Graham, Method (2004), starring Elizabeth Hurley, and Silent Partner (2005), starring Tara Reid.
From 1997 through 2002, Stevens co-founded, and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Franchise Pictures, an independent film production and distribution company with a domestic theatrical output deal with Warner Bros. During his five-and-a-half tenure at Franchise, Stevens produced or executive produced and provided the finance or co-finance for more than 60 feature films including the enormously successful The Whole Nine Yards (2000), and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards (2004), both starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry, The In-Laws (2003), starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, Angel Eyes (2001) starring Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel, City by the Sea (2002) starring Robert De Niro, The Pledge (2001) starring Jack Nicholson, 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell, Half Past Dead (2002) starring Steven Seagal. Stevens was also responsible for creating Franchise Classics, a division which produced and distributed many films which appeared in such major film festivals as Cannes, Sundance Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival including The Big Kahuna (1999), starring Kevin Spacey, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000), starring Cameron Diaz and Glenn Close, Green Dragon (2001), starring Forest Whitaker and Patrick Swayze, and The Caveman’s Valentine (2001), starring Samuel L. Jackson. Concurrent with the formation of Franchise, Stevens co-founded and served as president of a sister company, Phoenician Entertainment which produced such films as The Third Miracle (1999), starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche, Entropy (1999), starring Stephen Dorff and U2, Woman Wanted (1999), starring Kiefer Sutherland and Holly Hunter, and many genre action/adventure films. Prior to Franchise and Phoenician, Stevens was an owner and president of Royal Oaks Entertainment, which produced and/or distributed seventy pictures over a three-year period including many HBO, Showtime and Sci-Fi Channel world premieres. Prior to Royal Oaks, Stevens’ initial venturing into foreign sales and production company ownership was with Sunset Films International, which amassed a library of nineteen titles, (including seven in-house productions) during his first year as president of the company. Stevens serves on the board of directors of the International Film and Television Alliance, (the former American Film Marketing Association) and until recently served as Chairman of the Independent Producers Association (IPA), which is, among other things, active in collective bargaining for independent producers and film companies. Stevens has been involved in many guild negotiations with both the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) on behalf of the constituency of independent producers and was a key architect of the current DGA/IPA multi-tiered low-budget agreement.
Stevens was a award-winning actor, including a Golden Globe nomination and the Star of Tomorrow award from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) starring in over 80 feature films and/or television series. Stevens authored a fully accredited Associate of Applied Arts college degree program in Motion Picture Production, which he later distilled into an online certificate program, (2015) DVD and Vimeo series. “Foolproof Film School. Dallas: Stevens Entertainment Group. ISBN 978-0-6924374-9-0, which teaches Stevens’ unique practical perspective of the business side of making movies, based on his academic texts, (2014) Book: “Foolproof Filmmaking”. Westport: Prospecta Press. ISBN 978-1-935212-27-0; (2016) Book: “Producing for Profit”. New York and London” Focal Press/Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 978-1-138-12104-1; and (2017) Book “Screenwriting for Profit”. New York and London” Focal Press/Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 978-1-138-95060-3
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