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ISA of the Day: Stealth

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by Peter Belsito
November 11, 2013 10:21 AM
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John Mackie's 'The Coven'

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Stealth Media has changed since Cannes.

Sean O'Kelly has moved on, leaving Michael Cowan as CEO based in the UK and Jason Piette director of L.A. operations, based in L.A. They have also brought in Glenn Kendrick Ackermann (formerly from Capitol Films) as President of world sales.


Stealth Media Group was founded by film entrepreneurs Michael L Cowan and Jason Piette to do international sales, finance and executive production. Their sales company encompasses theatrical, television and home video/dvd.

Michael L Cowan and Jason Piette founded Spice Factory in 1998, one of Europe’s most dynamic independent production companies, which has produced over 55 films from US$1M to US$55M. They are involved in structured financing of films, and have raised over £100M for film production in the last 10 years. Recently they have moved into television event mini-series.

Michael L Cowan and Jason Piette were founding partners in Arclight Films with Gary Hamilton and Victor Syrmis, which put together and sold such films as the 2004 Oscar winner Crash; 2007 Golden Globe nominated film Bobby, written and directed by Emilio Estevez; The Merchant of Venice starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; the action drama Lord of War, a film based on the true-life story of one of America's most notorious arms dealers, starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke; Head in the Clouds starring Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Stuart Townsend, Thomas Kretschmann and Wolf Creek which went on to gross over $100M worldwide.

Stealth Media Group has built up a fast growing and recognizable brand at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets worldwide, including Cannes, AFM, EFM, Berlinale, The Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, MIPCOM and MIPTV.

Stealth Media Group focuses on international sales of film, television and film libraries. The company has offices in Los Angeles and U.K.. Michael Cowan is based in the U.K. focusing on sales and structured financing, Jason Piette is based in L.A .running Stealth's US acquisition and production.

Stealth Media Group is able to provide:
- Minimum Guarantees against worldwide sales rights
- Access to equity and structured funds globally where we also act as co-producers or executive producers
- Cash flow tax credit rebates, distribution agreements and any other forms of collateral
- Source content from leading producers and agents worldwide with offices in LA and partners in Europe and Asia
- Help package projects as executive producers both creatively and financially
- Film and television sales and licensing worldwide to independent distributors and major studios
- Creation of international and domestic marketing campaigns
- Royalty reports and overages collection by territory to maximize revenues
- P&A control by territory
- Access to film festivals e.g. Cannes, Toronto and Berlin
- Access to IMAX and digital distribution worldwide

Four indies from the U.S. Have expressed interest in the film after seeing the trailer.

See the trailer HERE


The Coven

According to the production info below the paranormal events are 100% true, the notes also mentioned three sudden deaths of family members of the crew. See below:

Beneath the beautiful wild Woodland and Nature Reserve that is Queen’s Wood, Highgate hides the dark secret of lime filled plague pits. Thousands of victims from London’s Black Death were buried there in the sixteen hundreds. One is now concealed by an innocent Children’s Play Area. There is no signage to inform the unsuspecting parent of the horror that lies beneath.


The Coven in the middle of the woods, really exists. A strange clearing surrounded by ancient Oak trees. Robert Cochrane was a known Witch who committed suicide by ingesting Belladonna on the summer solstice in 1966. His Coven of Witches renamed themselves as ‘The Regency’ after his death, in his honour. The Regency would regularly meet in The Coven at Queen’s Wood.

There are some Wiccan Figurines placed high in the Oak trees as if they protect this foreboding space, almost hidden from view unless you purposefully look for them.

And it is said that despite the very many species of bird life that Queen’s Wood is home to, not one has been seen to fly across The Coven.

Today there are several Pagan groups who convene in The Coven.

During filming, our schedule unfortunately fell on Halloween and we were warned off by a group of Witches who didn’t want us to witness their ritual.

Arguments ensued but despite our permission to film, we eventually we gave in and wrapped for the day, concerned that they may curse our project.

Since that date we have sadly experienced three very sudden deaths relating to our crew.

Our first Editor lost her Mother.

The Director lost his brother.

Our Sound Designer lost his brother.

All three deaths were completely unexpected and out of the blue!

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