After 15 years experience running a prominent Hollywood production company, and having worked with an array of talented stars such as Robert Downey, Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Rooney Mara, Whoopi Goldberg, Kat Dennings, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Long, Bob Saget, Rebel Wilson, Anton Yelchin and Ray Liotta, veteran producer Steve Longi formed Longitude Entertainment to purchase and develop screenplays, books, true life stories and original film, TV and Internet properties. The ultimate goal of LE is to obtain rights, develop material, attach star talent and secure financing before seeking distribution. As part of it’s innovative approach, LE will treat each project as a distinct, free standing Intellectual Property-rather than pigeonholing it as a feature film or other specific genre- incorporating a broader approach to developing its artistic and financial potential.
Longitude recently produced the comedy concert film “Willie Barcena: The Truth Hurts” directed by Mr. Longi, which just debuted on Netflix. Longitude also recently teamed up with Michael Roth to acquire the rights to the off-Broadway musical comedy “Zombie Prom”. The film is being written by Vince Marcello and Mark Landry, the team responsible for creating Disney’s enormously successful “Teen Beach” movie franchise. In addition to the Longitude slate, Mr. Longi is co-producing the WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield. The film will be released November 4th through Lion’s Gate, as well as the Will Ferrell comedy “Russ & Roger Go Beyond” for STX Studios. Other projects Longitude is developing includes, “Secrets of the Mayans: Exposed!”, the true story of Raul Julia-Levy and his attempt to make the documentary “Revelations of the Mayans: 2012 and Beyond”. Julia was given unprecedented access to the Mayan tombs by the governments of Mexico and Guatemala, proclaiming that the film would prove beyond all doubt that the Mayans had contact with extraterrestrials. The production commenced, only to be brought to a halt amidst allegations of fraud, theft of footage, double dealing and lawsuits.
Originally from New Jersey, Mr Longi relocated to Los Angeles and for the last 10 years served as Vice-President of Permut Presentations, Inc., an independent film and television production company. He oversaw the development, production, marketing and release of Permut’s entire slate and began by working as the producer’s assistant on the breakout hit “Face/Off” (Nicolas Cage, John Travolta) which was to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1997. Since then, Longi has developed over one hundred film, television and theatrical projects and produced eleven feature films, including Dimension’s “Youth in Revolt” (Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta and Justin Long). He also produced the critically acclaimed Lifetime telefilm “Prayers for Bobby,” which garnered numerous awards including the prestigious GLAAD Best Picture Award and two Emmy nominations, including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver. “Prayers for Bobby” went on to become one of the highest rated cable movies in the history of the Lifetime Network.
Longi also co-produced “Struck By Lightning” written by “Glee’s” Chris Colfer, with a cast that includes Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks, Robbie Ammell and Sarah Hyland. The film premiered in New York at the TriBeCa film Festival and acquired by TriBeCa Releasing.
“Hacksaw Ridge” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan with Mel Gibson directing. “Hacksaw Ridge” is the true story of PFC Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector in WW II who refused to bear arms but volunteered to serve as a medic to save lives, rather than take them. In the battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, Doss single handedly, under enemy fire, saved the lives of 75 wounded soldiers and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Truman.
Longi has a slate of films in various stages of production including; “Without A Badge” with Serenity Media Group; “DeLorean” about the rise and fall of auto magnate John DeLorean (script by Emmy winner Adam Mazer); “Brother Sam,” an HBO biopic about cutting edge comic Sam Kinison (Larry Charles directing); and the recent IFC release, “Match,” written and directed by Stephen Belber, and starring Patrick Stewart, Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino. In addition to working with writers and packaging projects, Longi also travels to the set and is present during the entire production phase.
Longi’s other credits include the cult hit “Charlie Bartlett” (Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey, Jr., Kat Dennings and Hope Davis); “Double Take” for Disney (Orlando Jones & Eddie Griffin); “DysFunktional Family” for Miramax ( Eddie Griffin); “Local Color” (Armin Mueller Stahl and Ray Liotta) and “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story,” a documentary about the legendary songwriters who penned virtually all the music for the Disney classics such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Sleeping Beauty”.
Longi is also creator of the Producer’s Database, a comprehensive database with over 10,000 bits of information covering actors, writers, directors, buyers, distributors and financiers. The database is a powerful tool designed to help producers through the various stages of production by putting the most pertinent information at their fingertips. It is entirely unique in its construction and is the culmination of over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry.