Magazine article Screen International

Fortitude International: Plans for Year Two

Magazine article Screen International

Fortitude International: Plans for Year Two

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The co-founders of Fortitude International, Nadine de Barros, Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum, tell Jeremy Kay about their plans for year two

One year after their first public outing as business partners, Fortitude International's trio of co-founders arrive in Berlin on track for 'phase two'.

Nadine de Barros, Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum have achieved a lot in their first 12 months on the circuit.

James Ponsoldt sales title The End Of The Tour starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace recently premiered in Sundance and was acquired by A24, while the balance of the initial slate -- Daughter Of God, Urge and The Runner -- are all in post-production.

Now the plan is to nurture in-house productions. To that effect, Fortitude aims to line up six to seven projects in 2015, including submarine thriller Dive from Ariel Vromen, the in-demand director of The Iceman.

"We don't feel like a company. We feel like film-makers," says de Barros, the former Voltage Pictures and Aldamisa International senior executive with experience in film and TV, who spearheads sales. "We're not corporate. We're not bureaucratic. You deal with me, Rob and Daniel. We're honest and transparent."

Barnum and Wagner are producer-financiers. The former, also a partner with Cassian Elwes at finance and packaging firm e2b Capital, who has produced Margin Call, Hateship Loveship and Shelter among others, has served in a senior capacity at Annapurna Pictures and Benaroya Pictures and is highly adept at structuring finance.

Wagner is the Sweden-born, Los Angeles-based owner of BiFrost Pictures and former head of production at Paradox Entertainment who produced Shelter and the upcoming Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead with Barnum. He backs Fortitude International with a group of other investors.

'We're not corporate. We're not bureaucratic. You deal with me, Rob and Daniel. We're honest and transparent'Nadine de Barros, Fortitude International

The company's roots date back to Toronto 2013. De Barros had recently departed Aldamisa and was eager to build something.

"I knew what I needed more than just money was somebody who knew how to produce movies and somebody who understood international finance," says de Barros. "I also knew I didn't want to do it alone. I needed hands-on partners."

She was in two minds about the trip to Canada that September but decided to attend. By chance, Barnum heard about her availability and called from his bachelor party to arrange a meeting. The pair were acquaintances and Barnum brought Wagner into the equation, with whom de Barros had collaborated in her Voltage days. …

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