Magazine article Screen International

Robert Jones & Wayne Marc Godfrey, the Fyzz Facility

Magazine article Screen International

Robert Jones & Wayne Marc Godfrey, the Fyzz Facility

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The Fyzz Facility's Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey open up to Andreas Wiseman about their thriving production and finance company.

London and Los Angeles-based production and finance outfit The Fyzz Facility, run by UK producers Robert Jones and Wayne Marc Godfrey, has backed 50 films to the tune of $40m since opening for business four years ago.

And despite all those credits, and the duo's years in the business, they are still motivated by new discoveries.

"I like to think you keep learning new things, whether it's being involved across financing by raising money through an SEIS scheme or being involved in mobile app opportunities," says Jones. "Both things I wouldn't have imagined myself doing five to 10 years ago."

He adds: "It's about working with people you like and keeping things interesting. The business is ever changing. It'd be dangerous to set a course and not divert because the business is a lot bigger than any individual. You have to keep your finger near the pulse and be responsive to trends."

The company invests in diverse films through a range of finance including development, bridging, senior debt, tax credit and gap funding. These films include Toronto 2014 drama Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston; UK comedy The Hooligan Factory from Nick Nevern and Jason Maza; and Martin Scorsese's upcoming thriller Silence, set to star Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, which will mark the company's fourth collaboration with US powerhouse Emmett/Furla Films.

A smart partnership

Former UK Film Council executive Jones, exec producer of The Usual Suspects and Gosford Park, initially met former Goldcrest Films exec Godfrey in 2010 through mutual contact David Schwimmer at the after-party for Run, Fat Boy, Run, which Jones produced.

'We wanted to have a small company that would be very light on its feet'Robert Jones, The Fyzz Facility

"It was Cannes the next summer that we happened to be sitting next to each other and we got chatting and I was telling Robert what I was doing," says Godfrey.

"I was doing very small lending at the time but it felt like we both had an appetite to grow. With Robert's years of experience and relationships, it felt like we had good synergy and complementary skills to combine what we were doing. The mission was to go out and find good films from good producers and sales agents that required a piece of the financing."

Nimbleness was key for the duo from the outset. "We wanted to create something relatively simple that wouldn't require a huge number of people or large overheads," says Jones. …

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