A major film deal took place yesterday, March 20 when Open Rivers Pictures (ORP) announced their new partnership with NBA Veteran Theo Ratliff' and Ratliff's Ratliff Entertainment produce original African-American content.
"It's an awesome opportunity to partnership with Open Rivers Pictures," Ratliff stated. "Right now, there is a big demand for African-American content and that is the focus of Open Rivers Pictures-Digital, film and also television."
NBA great Theo Ratliff, known as a defensive beast and league-leading shot blocker during his stellar 16-year career, played for the 76ers, the Hawks, the Celtics, the Pistons, and the Lakers. He was an All-Star in 2001 and also served as Vice President of the NBA Players Association Executive Committee.
"The 2014 partnership with Ratliff Entertainment and his team will allow us to boost and grow our lineup of original content," states Tammy Williams. "Theo, as he was on the court, full of tenacity, is the same way off the court. He's smart and creative and we are looking forward to a great partnership."
The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), recently announced that feature films and television projects filmed in the state of Georgia generated an economic impact of $3.3 billion during the fiscal year 2013-a 29 percent increase from the year before, according to estimates. Filming in Georgia has been on the rise since the Georgia General Assembly enacted the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act in 2008.
"The process of working with Alvin Williams to conduct the due diligence of merging the two companies was extremely smooth and very thorough," states Maurice Anderson, Ratliff's business manager. "I am confident that teaming with Open River Pictures will prove to be successful and impactful due to the executive leadership, industry-related experiences and relationships of both companies. This is truly history in the making!"
For more information about ORP please visit http://www.openriverspictures.com