Gratwick Productions, Inc. is a Title III - Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign and is actively accepting investments.
$100.00 minimum investment

Gratwick Productions, Inc.

Transparent, Audience-Owned Studio

Regulation Crowdfunding
Sylmar, CA
Film & Video
Accepting International Investment
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The idea. The artist. The audience. 

 

That's what matters the most in entertainment, and Gratwick Productions aims to make that tangible. For too long, creative output has been dictated by the wrong things. By Hollywood politics. By who has the money. By everything but what really matters: 

 

At Gratwick Productions, we’re changing entertainment.

 

We're reimagining the Entertainment Industry from the ground up. We're putting the power in your hands, the hands of the audience. We’re providing artists with ethical, transparent financing, marketing, and distribution. 

What Is Gratwick?

We're artists ourselves, and we've been working in the entertainment industry as independent artists for decades. We know what goes on behind closed doors, not just what you see on the internet. We created Gratwick to be the type of studio we wanted to work with. We envision an efficient, streamlined infrastructure that relies on emerging technologies to vertically integrate finance, marketing, and distribution in a way that can be managed and owned by a collective of artists and avid fans.

 

We're running this public offering because we want core investors who love and care about artists as much as we do.  This offering is the first public step toward building a community-owned studio where owners get access and influence over the entire creative process.

Why Take On The Studio System?

As storytellers we realized early on that our quality of work was too dependent on whomever controlled the financial strings. The average artist has little or no influence over the marketing and distribution of their project. 

 

Because of emerging technologies, such as blockchain, we can finally build our new studio model, the artists can ensure the projects original vision and the audience can have a voice in the creation of their own entertainment.

 

Our plan is designed to be proven on a micro-scale, in local communities, utilizing the amazing talent that has too often been overlooked, then scaled up to serve as many artists as possible. Our first goal is to start local community-owned media funds. We don’t want to just bring the creative process to the people, we want to bring the physical productions to them as well. There is a large untapped market of industry talent in local communities who can provide advantages that large entities often overlook. 

 

The local community-owned media funds will invest in local artists, crew members and innovators while relying on the strength of our infrastructure to provide leverage, cost savings, and collective bargaining power in the distribution marketplace. 

 

Our first production offices will be in Buffalo, NY. Other communities on our short list, in no particular order are Austin, NYC, Seattle, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Portland, Albuquerque, and San Francisco.

The Offering

Investment
$1/share│When you invest you are betting the company’s future value will exceed $8.56M


Perks

$100 (or more) Gratwick A-List Membership
*We are offering ONE perk package for the campaign, all investors receive the same perks regardless of the amount invested.

  • Exclusive access to our company app to virtually sit in on every audition, creative meeting, decision, and production set. 
  • Influence over which project is greenlit, who is cast, and what charity each project supports.  
  • As an A-Lister, you receive free access to every digital product produced and distributed by Gratwick Productions.  
  • If you are a Creator, Producer, Actor or Crew, you also get early notice and preference for every opportunity the company offers, as well as an open-door submission policy.

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

We hope to inspire our fellow artists to also bet on themselves with or without the help of Gratwick. 

- Kris Hulbert (Filmmaker, Founder) 

Join A New Inclusive A-List

Artists. Audience. Accountability.


That’s what the Gratwick A-List is. With an investment of $100 or more you will join our audience and hold artists accountable to those who believe in them and have invested with Gratwick to create a new studio system. 


Upon completion of the Campaign, you will receive login information for the Gratwick app. (Initially during Stage 1 this will be our Discord community until the app is ready.) There, you will have real-time access to the creative process and the ability to influence the production of movies, TV shows, music, books, video games, and VR/AR experiences. 

The Gratwick A-List includes:

Full Engagement

Become part of the creative process with in-app polling and streaming capabilities. 

Open Door 

You will have an open-door submission policy for creative projects and career opportunities.

Lifetime Access

Get lifetime access to all Gratwick digital products, including movies, series, books, songs, games, and apps.

Influence

Have input on what projects are funded, who gets cast, and which charity each project will support.

Real-time Access

We will live-stream creative meetings, auditions, production sets, and special events for A-Listers.

Provide Feedback

Submit your promotional material and projects in development and we will provide you with feedback.

A-Lister Information

You’ll have access to company reports, pitch packages, projections, and unpublished artwork.

Impact

In-app polling allows you to provide feedback and impact company decisions in real-time. 

If you are an Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Grip, PA, or just someone who could benefit from the opportunities of working with a flourishing studio, all Gratwick A-Listers enjoy our open-door submission policy and are the first to learn about every new opportunity.

Giving Back

Gratwick is passionately committed to giving back and supporting our local communities. Every project funded by Gratwick will be required to donate at least 1% of their proceeds to a charity nominated by our A-Listers and approved by the creator.


We will match the creator's donation with up to 5% of our own equity in the project.

Our 3-Stage Plan To Establish Gratwick As A 21st Century Studio System

Stage 1: Raise $100,000 from early investors for operating funds and create sustained revenue streams.


Highlights:

  • Legal/Accounting

  • Branding/Marketing

  • Establish Revenue Streams


The initial funds raised by this campaign will be used in the following ways:


The first $20,000: will be used to increase brand awareness for the campaign and recruit talent (Legal, Accounting, Marketing, etc) that will package a $50 million proposal for our Stage 3 funding round that includes a full-service studio and Esports arena in Western New York. The package will include financial studies and projections for every revenue stream, expense, and tax incentive.  


The next $50,000: will be used as our advertising budget for our Stage 2 offering. The goal will be to reach a national audience. 


The final $30,000: will be used to develop our community app.  Initially, the app will provide augmented reality services powered by Twisted Rope as an immediate revenue stream. Our sales efforts will be targeted at our most viable product which is selling AR services. For example, at golf courses where golfers could activate a drone flyover for each hole before they tee off by scanning a tee-box trigger image with their phone. The fly-over will provide on-screen interactive information about the upcoming hole. A demo will be available in one of our campaign updates. 


Strategic partners, like Rebel One Studios, Twisted Rope, TalkBoy TV and Codes Socks help set us apart from current and future competitors. Thanks to them, we can offer a wide range of secondary services such as: producing podcasts, music videos, commercials, feature films, pilots, animation, and augmented reality experiences.


Over each stage, the app will gradually evolve into our headquarters for community engagement, access to the creative process, and a blockchain distribution marketplace.


Stage 2: Raise $1,000,000 from the national market for prototypes of the ownership experience.


Highlights:

  • Prototypes/Experience

  • Hire Talent

  • Rapid Growth & Increased Revenue


What makes Gratwick Productions the premiere fan-owned studio is our deep pool of in-house Intellectual Properties. As an A-Lister, your first chance to join the Gratwick production team will come in Stage 2. Gratwick A-Listers will receive early access for all casting and crew opportunities with the projects that are funded by our second offering. You will have exclusive access to several of our Intellectual Properties, including treatments for not only the pitches below, but our other slate of tv shows, feature movies, apps, etc. You will have the power to provide feedback directly to the creators and help guide the projects that will be produced by Gratwick Productions:

Just Drive

A contained thriller about a Hollywood whistleblower who survives an attempt on his life and escapes Hollywood in the middle of the night. Our protagonist hunkers down in the back of a limo somewhere in the Midwest while he tries to determine who he can still trust and who betrayed him. The story culminates in a 21st century “OJ chase” as the world watches him choose between his legacy and his life. It’s a story about a flawed messenger of truth, the need for anonymity, and the perils of being anonymous. 


– Created by Kris Hulbert

Because We’re Just Better

A single camera sitcom about 3 best friends, one stalker, who could be the greatest punk rock band ever, if they could only make bail. 3 misfit best friends believe they are so talented that they are the greatest punk rock band ever. They just never seem to get around to practicing. They live in a hyper version of our world where there are no real-world consequences to their misbehavior, and there is a lot of misbehavior. More than can be put into words here. The show is a heavy satire of celebrity culture, entitlement and lack of remorse for personal actions.

- Created by Tess Bodley

Drinking With Celebrities

A reality game show, where the Winner is the Loser. Today, people are aware that excessive drinking is a bad thing. And it is. But not on our show.  The highlight of most reality shows is when the cast loses control. Imagine a show where that is the whole point—and you have Drinking With Celebrities. Our charming comedic host runs each episode of DWC in a dive bar with two celebrity contestants trying to win money for charity. While drinking. 


– Created by Martin Olson & Antoine Guilbaud  

Disenfranchised

A cyber crime drama, Five disenfranchised college kids struggle to figure out their place in a world that has lost its way, that is until they find each other and discover their collective power as a hacktivist group.  

The series will explore unbridled ambition, power without experience and a generation that is educated, unemployed and fed up. 


- Created by Kris Hulbert

The funds raised in this stage will be used to establish a community-driven Digital Media Fund to green-light our initial slate of 3 projects, each budgeted at $250,000. The initial projects will serve as prototypes for our social filmmaking model. The remaining $250,000 will be used for marketing and distribution. In addition, all Gratwick owned Intellectual Properties will commit 30% of their revenue back into the Digital Media Fund. 


Similar to how the major studios operate, Gratwick Productions will know their release dates before production. VOD will be arranged with an aggregator like Distribber and eventually through own in-app digital platform.  Theatrical releases, when appropriate, will rely on a service like Tugg to crowdsource the releases in an efficient manner that matches the audience demand while reducing financial waste.  These tools allow marketing and distribution efforts, including pre-sales, to begin in pre-production so independent artists have the opportunity to compete with established content.  Post-production will typically take 90 days with our marketing and distribution efforts ramping up for release dates during this period. If more than one project is funded by the Stage 2 campaign, we will take three to six months (depending on how many projects are funded) to coordinate marketing, release dates, and our Stage 3 Series A offering to run simultaneously with production.

Marketing And Distributing Gratwick Content

Domestic:

  • Gratwick Branded App (Blockchain) – Best consumer value  

  • Distribber (Traditional Digital – PPV, Amazon, iTunes, Google, etc)

  • Tugg (Theatrical) – Request additional screenings and reserve tickets during production


International, Netflix, Commercial Licensing:

  • Gratwick Sales Agent - We will hire an in-house Sales Agent. Do you have international sales experience? Send us your resume!

Stage 3: Raise up to $50,000,000 from a Series A offering for a physical facility and the first 10 franchise DMF’s.


Highlights:

  • Studio/Esports Arena – To generate revenue

  • Replication targeted at 10 markets

  • Scalable Revenue


Our Stage 3 funding round will also be crowdsourced. The first two stages raised our Seed Money from Angel Investors like you, where as the third round will be what’s called a Series A which is typically the first round of Venture Capital funding. Anyone will be able to invest in this round, including Venture Capitalist, but the VC’s will only have the option of investing on our terms through the campaign rather than through private negotiations where they typically leverage one opportunity against another to tilt the terms drastically in their favor. This is where many promising Startups lose control over their direction. The highlight of our business plan is a full-service studio and esports arena Our first facility is planned for Western New York where state, local and federal incentives provide a unique window of opportunity that aligns perfectly with our current needs of the community. 


This round will also establish 5 subsidiaries for our parent corporation which include a full service studio and Esports arena in Western New York under out Real Estate Holding Co, which is the cornerstone of our business plan. They will be key pieces of how Gratwick generates a continuous revenue stream and gives us an additional avenue to advertise our content to new markets.


The subsidiaries will be LLC’s set up for a Real Estate Holding Co, Finance Company, Marketing Agency, Sales Agency, and our Community App. This element will take advantage of several local, state, and federal incentive programs while the real estate property serves as collateral on the business investment. The finance entity will establish up to ten community-owned Digital Media Funds in regions like Austin, Atlanta, NYC, Seattle, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Portland, Albuquerque, and San Francisco. Cities and Regions with a large population of Gratwick A-listers will also be considered in our first and future expansions.


Each Digital Media Fund (DMF) will be managed by a panel of local artists who are also Gratwick A-Listers. The panel will qualify funding submissions then present the opportunity to the community to provide a round of feedback and influence regarding which projects they would like to see get funded. Based on the results of the projects that get funded, each DMF will have the opportunity to establish a full-service studio facility in their community.


Preference and reduced rates will always be extended to local productions, whether they are tv shows, feature length films or anything they can imagine creating in our studio(s).  Outside productions coming to the region will be happily welcome and courted as well.


Our state-of-the-art community-owned facilities will feature a public mezzanine designed to allow tourists and foot traffic to pass through and watch productions in progress or professional gamers competing at the highest level.

The ultimate goal for Gratwick is to be a community-owned safe haven for independent artists. 

Our First Funded Project!

The first project funded by Gratwick Productions will be the film Just Drive. The project was designed to serve as a prototype for our transparent productions, innovative marketing and ethical distribution models. 


Just Drive is a perfect example of why studios like Gratwick Productions need to exist. The established Hollywood insiders universally praised the Just Drive script, but they were too scared to produce it. The subject matter posed too great a threat of rocking the boat. Even in the era of #MeToo, successful careers in Hollywood are still contingent on silence. 


Just Drive is a contained thriller about a Hollywood whistleblower who survives an attempt on his life and escapes Hollywood in the middle of the night. Our protagonist hunkers down in the back of a limo somewhere in the Midwest while he tries to determine who he can still trust and who betrayed him. The story culminates in a 21st century “OJ chase” as the world watches him choose between his legacy and his life. It’s a story about a flawed messenger of truth, the need for anonymity, and the perils of being anonymous. 


Just Drive, like all Gratwick productions, will be produced with full transparency for our Gratwick A-Listers. 

FAQ's

What's new about what you're doing? How is it different?

In one sense, there is nothing new about what we are doing. At our core, we are a vertically integrated studio that keeps as much entertainment business under one corporate umbrella as possible. This is similar to how Warner Brothers and the other five major studios structured themselves since the early days of Hollywood. What is new is our commitment to utilizing emerging technologies to offer full transparency for investors and accountability for our creative partners. 


How big is the market?

Our market is limitless. Everyone loves a great story. But more importantly, how many people around you have complained recently about Hollywood? Whether it's the lack of diversity, the propaganda, endless remakes, or the personal conduct of the silver screen elite, everywhere you look someone is shaking a fist in Hollywood's direction. We seek to restore the public's faith in artists and storytellers. 


Who are your competitors? How are you different?

We do not shy away from the fact our competitors are major studios like Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Disney, and Netflix. We are different in several very important ways. First and foremost, our leadership is not comprised of former Hollywood establishment executives seeking to represent themselves as champions of the little guys—while using your investment to maintain Hollywood business-as-usual operating procedures. Also, we are not looking to raise tens of millions, if not "hundreds of millions" of dollars from a “legion of one million fans.”  We are the creators that said “No” to established Hollywood and their illusion of acceptance in exchange for obedience and silence. Innovation, early adoption and anti-establishment is in our DNA. We are the creators who were so disgusted by the treatment of artists, talent, and storytellers that we took it upon ourselves to not just complain about how there should be a better way, but we set out to build it for ourselves and creators just like us. 


We own our intellectual property and so will our creative partners.  We do not need to pay for it, option it, or acquire it. We know what can be done with limited resources and smart, talented people. We seek to spend only what we need to tell our stories and pay our people properly.  Our profits will be used to provide dividends and finance more content for you. 


The biggest difference between the big guys and us: they’re like Kendall Jenner and Pepsi trying to do an anti-establishment ad -- clueless that their mere presence makes that impossible. Whereas we are the counter-balance to a century of exclusion and entitlement.


What do you understand about your business that others don't get?

If you tell great stories and conduct yourself with integrity and character, there will always be enough rewards to go around. We are confident treating people right will always result in enough revenue and profit for all of us to win.


What's your biggest risk? What keeps you up at night?

Our biggest risk is falling on deaf ears. With so much noise and manipulation in the media, true authenticity and sincerity are often drowned out when the advertising & marketing budgets are not substantial. Word of mouth will be critical to the success of Stage 1. If you want a studio like this to exist, if you want direct access to talented new artists and to see they receive the opportunities and support to rise above the noise, we need you to be our biggest champions. We need you to share, tweet, and shout our name from the rooftops!


How will you make money?

We will make money from the finance, marketing, and distribution of our in-house IP and that of our creative partnerships. We will reduce third-party expenses, unethical reporting practices, and shady marketing practices that misrepresent the product in the interest of initial sales. The reduction in budget waste and fraud combined with the elimination of unnecessary, over-priced third-party revenue splits will increase anticipated profit margins and reduce consumer price points (anticipated). The overall result will be lower sales thresholds to profitability achieved at much shorter timelines (anticipated).


How do you acquire customers?

We will acquire new customers by conducting business with full transparency. By putting our corporate character, work ethic, and talent on full display we will offer a new form of real-time entertainment that will inspire people to check out our scripted content. Quality content, powerful stories, and burning passion will keep them around for a lifetime. 


How do I know I can trust you?

In business, there will never be an absolute answer to this question. However, the more familiar you are with someone, the easier it is to trust them. We believe in the character of our team. So we are confident that the more access you have the more faith and trust you will have in us. This is the primary reason we have chosen to operate with total transparency. We are also pretty entertaining in our own right. We have been on this path for over a decade waiting for technology, funding laws, and culture to catch up to us. Our window of opportunity has finally opened! You won't find any embarrassing Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram posts in our past - we encourage you to scour our social media and see how long we've been championing a new, more diverse and inclusive entertainment industry!


What does Gratwick mean?

The name Gratwick was derived from our founder's hometown neighborhood in a suburb of Buffalo, NY where it has always been synonymous with 'family'.

Why start in Western New York?

The region is an untapped well of talent and is in the midst of an economic and social renaissance in part due to a tremendous amount of federal, state, and local incentives. Gratwick has spoken with passionate members of the WNY public and private sectors who are committed to bringing a full-service production studio and esports arena to the region. 

In the Press

Gratwick Founder Returns Home
October 23, 2018

At Gratwick, ownership is an experience, and every investor will be able to assist with: selecting which films are produced, who gets cast, and what charities each project will support.

Gratwick Productions Scouts Buffalo for Studio Space and Industry Creatives
October 25, 2018

The team is spending the next few days looking around WNY for the ideal home for their new project – a full fledge studio. They are also on the hunt for like-minded supporters, industry creatives, and others who see the egalitarian upside to this vision.

FlickLaunch to build ‘House’ on Facebook
July 15, 2011

The path to a viable online film launch may be getting shorter, as FlickLaunch, the fledgling movie distribution platform embedded in Facebook, plans to premiere horror thriller “The Perfect House” on Oct. 1. The seven-day rental will be available for $5 via the film’s Facebook fanpage.

Up Close and Personal With Gratwick's CEO
January 21, 2019

I had the pleasure of interviewing KRIS HULBERT, founder of Gratwick Productions. Kris is an entrepreneur, writer, and award-winning filmmaker who was born with the gift of storytelling.

LA Talk Dr. Tongie Show
February 27, 2019

Interview with Gratwick Founder, Kris Hulbert. Starts at 24:21

The Douglas Coleman Show
March 18, 2019

Interview with Gratwick Founder Kris Hulbert.

Offering Summary


Company

:

Gratwick Productions, Inc

Corporate Address

:

11308 Blue Sage Dr, Sylmar, CA 91342

Offering Minimum

:

$10,000.00

Offering Maximum

:

$107,000.00

Minimum Investment Amount

(per investor)

:

$100.00











Terms


Offering Type

:

Equity

Security Name

:

Common Stock

Minimum Number of Shares Offered

:

10,000

Maximum Number of Shares Offered

:

107,000

Price per Share

:

$1.00

Pre-Money Valuation

:

$8,460,000.00











*Maximum Number of Shares Offered subject to adjustment for bonus shares. See Bonus info below

The 10% Bonus for StartEngine Shareholders

Gratwick Productions will offer 10% additional bonus shares for all investments that are committed by StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. shareholders who invested over $1,000 or made at least two investments in StartEngine's own offerings.

This means eligible StartEngine shareholders will receive a 10% bonus for any shares they purchase in this offering. For example, if you buy 200 shares of Common Stock at $1 / share, you will receive 20 Common Stock, meaning you'll own 220 shares for $200. Fractional shares will not be distributed and share bonuses will be determined by rounding down to the nearest whole share.

This 10% Bonus is only valid for one year from the time StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. investors receive their countersigned StartEngine Crowdfunding Inc. subscription agreement, unless their eligibility period has been extended through additional subsequent investments in StartEngine's own offerings.  

Investors will only receive a single bonus, which will be the highest bonus rate they are eligible for.

$100 (or more) Gratwick A-List Membership.
*We are offering ONE perk package for the campaign, all investors receive the same perks regardless of the amount invested.

  • Exclusive access to our company app where you can virtually sit in on every audition, creative meeting, production set and decision. 
  • Influence over what is green lit, who is cast and what charity each project supports.  
  • As an A lister you receive free access or download of every product produced and distributed by Gratwick Productions. (Maximum 10,000 A-Listers) 
  • If you are a creator, producer, actor or crew you also get insider access, open door submission policy and preference for every opportunity the company offers.

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company will not incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments and salary made to one's self, a friend or relative; Any expense labeled "Administration Expenses" that is not strictly for administrative purposes; Any expense labeled "Travel and Entertainment"; Any expense that is for the purposes of inter-company debt or back payments.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$3,619.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$3,619.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$74,626.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$19,051.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$487.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$55,123.00 USD
$0.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

A Town Hall In Buffalo and A Preview Of Blockchain Distribution

5 days ago

It’s been a busy past week for Gratwick. We launched our sales efforts this week for our first service, augmented reality experiences for high end golf courses. Gratwick offers golfers the opportunity to bridge the gap between real life golf and the information rich experience of video game golf.  When a golfer holds their phone up to a hole marker it will trigger a drone flyover of the hole with animated 3D graphics highlighting the points of interest.

Everyday we get stronger thanks to the people who continue to reach out and volunteer to join our team. A special thank you and shout out to Dana who has come aboard like she’s always been here and recently brought Gratwick to the attention of William Fichtner and Kim Coates at their Cold Creek premiere. It’s individual efforts by people like Dana and her daughter that will make Gratwick an unstoppable force. We were also honored to see former all-pro WR for the Buffalo Bills, Stevie Johnson tweet about Gratwick and our Esports plans this week. 

We set a date for a Gratwick Town Hall in Buffalo at 6pm on December 11th. CEO Kris Hulbert will be back home to attend the town hall and meet with city officials, developers and local businesses about the interactive entertainment complex.  The town hall will be an opportunity to meet members of Gratwick, learn more about our plans for WNY and also meet with fellow members of the community who all want to work together to bring a community owned studio and media fund to the region, and a cool esports arena to go with it!

The immediate goal for the campaign is too reach $10,000 as quickly as possible so we can use those funds to build a detailed presentation that includes a financial analysis. If you’re following along and thinking about becoming a Gratwick A-Lister there is no better time than right now.  If you’ve already invested in Gratwick, try and find one friend or family member this week who will join you on the Gratwick A-list or even just follow the campaign. We get exponentially strong with every new ally and follower. 

In the next few days we will post our next update on our business model and company direction. It will focus on the benefits of blockchain and a branded distribution app. 

How Community-Owned Digital Media Funds Will Work

14 days ago


In the last update, we discussed how a community-owned movie studio is a great tool for Creators, but in order for any Creator to make use of such a facility, they need an ethical source for funding.  This is where our plan for community-owned and driven digital media funds comes into play.

Thanks to Regulation CF it is possible for a community-owned and driven Digital Media Fund (DMF) to exist in each region around the country.  The Gratwick model is built around establishing a network of media funds and providing them with the infrastructure of marketing and distribution in a manner that allows Independent Creators to compete head-to-head with Hollywood's best. 

Using the Regulation CF exemption Gratwick will sell up to 49% of a DMF to the public through multiple rounds of offerings. Gratwick and the community will partner in the DMF, Gratwick will provide the Administration, Marketing, Distribution and gap financing, while the public will provide investment and influence over which projects move through the pipeline. 

Demonstrate Model, Then Roll-Out Nation Wide

Starting with Buffalo a finance subsidiary will be formed under the Gratwick corporation and under that the first DMF. It will invest in projects and creators based in the Western New York region. This initial DMF will serve as the prototype for future DMFs established in film communities around the country. The next round of DMF's will include up to 9 more regions based on where the highest percentages of Gratwick A-Listers are located. 

Submission Eligibility

There will be several requirements to be eligible to submit a project for funding from a DMF. 

  • The creator must be a Gratwick A-Lister who has invested at least $100 in Gratwick or a DMF subsidiary. 
  • The creator must agree to work with Gratwick to provide our A-listers with as much realtime access to the creative process as possible. 
  • The final requirement is the creator must commit at least 1% of their revenue to a local charity voted on by the DMF community. The creator has final approval on the charity. Gratwick will match up to 5%.  

In order for a submission to be considered for funding the creator or a location in the production must be in the region of the DMF. IE, a DMF in Western New York will only fund creators living in and around Buffalo and/or projects that intend on shooting in the region.  Similar scenario if the DMF is located in Austin or another city.

Qualifying Submissions

Each DMF will have a panel of 9 respected members of the local creative community handle the responsibility of qualifying the submissions with a 'Ready' or 'Not Ready' rating based strictly on production readiness.  If a project is not ready to advance they will provide notes that support this opinion and those notes will be returned to the creator so they know what they need to work on before resubmitting. Every submission will receive a response.

If a project receives 6 or more Ready ratings it moves on to phase two which is the community feedback round.  The project is then presented with projections and a market study to the community of investors for that given DMF.  The community then has 14 days to provide comments, feedback, and rating surveys for each qualified project. That information is then shared with the Gratwick board of directors who will decide which projects are packaged and slated in what order. 

Once a project is qualified and slated, it will move into development where initial funds are released to begin packaging the project with talent, key personnel and a custom marketing/distribution strategy. Once a full slate of projects is packaged and ready to go, schedules, locations and release date will be locked in before the project is officially greenlit for production. 

Gratwick will work with each creator to design a custom marketing and distribution strategy and then provide the P&A budget to execute it. If additional funding is needed to complete a slate Gratwick will either leverage the value of the corporation or the given DMF or seek traditional outside investment in the slate depending on what is most advantageous.  The most successful DMFs will work with the parent company to build studio facilities in those regions. 

Co-Production Terms

While each project is unique the general terms of the deals with creators will be standard with slight fluctuations based on creator preferences. Here is a break down of what a standard Independent Hollywood finance/distribution deal might look like versus a Gratwick deal. 

Hollywood

  • No marketing plan, budget or release date until it reaches a distributor.
  • 20% plus expenses to a Sales Agent. - No accountability or Access to books. Quarterly royalties.
  • 30% to VOD platforms/distributors - No marketing included. No value for the commission.
  • Investor Repayment plus 15% or more, then a 50/50 split between investors and producers. 

Gratwick DMF

  • Marketing/Distribution/Release date set in development, budget included with funding.
  • 10%  plus expenses to Gratwick to handle marketing, distribution and serve as the sales agent. All part of co-production responsibilities. 
  • Unavoidable 30% commission to traditional VOD platforms/Distributors (Aggregators used to eliminate additional costs.)
  • 0% commission from Gratwick branded blockchain distribution platform - Marketing funnel focused here from development through release. Point of sale Royalties.
  • DMF Repayment plus 10%, then 40/60 split between DMF and Creator minus charity pledges. 
  • Additional secondary content (live & edited) that can be monetized.

What A Gratwick DMF provides a Creator

  • Ethical funding at better rates
  • Marketing and Distribution expenses
  • Higher profit margins, lower prices points for your audience
  • Pure revenue streams with immediate point of sale royalties
  • Access to all accounting, don't forget as a Gratwick A-lister your part owner.

What A Gratwick DMF provides an Investor

  • The opportunity to invest in local talent
  • The opportunity to submit your own projects
  • Influencer over project funding choices
  • Access and engagement with the entire creative process
  • Transparent accounting and Dividend reporting

What A Gratwick DMF provides a community

  • A way to retain hometown talent
  • A way to increase regional productions and opportunities 
  • A source of community pride and entertainment
  • Support for local none-profits

Next Update: Branded Blockchain Distribution App

How and Why We Can Build A Full Service Studio and Esports Arena In Western New York

23 days ago


Let’s talk about how and why we’re going to get a 200,000 sq ft community-owned interactive entertainment complex that features a full-service studio and state of the art Esports arena in WNY.

Up First, The Why?

Revenue streams, expense reduction and property value.  

Revenue: Interactive entertainment continues to capture an ever-increasing mindshare around the globe as it grows at a clip of around 10% every year since 2010. Reference. The interactive entertainment industry generated over $91 billion in revenue through video games, eSports and other such forms of interactive content last year. Reference.

Revenue Streams

  • Tournaments/Leagues/Lan Center
  • Concessions/Bar/Retail
  • Private Events, Concerts, Presentations, Premieres
  • Naming Rights, Sponsorships, Advertising
  • Stage, Broadcast, Equipment Rentals
  • Tenants, Subcontracted Services
  • Studio Tours, AR/VR Experience, Drone Racing
  • Home of Esports Franchises, College Tournaments

Expense Reduction: Owning our own facility allows us to reduce content creation costs across the board.  This includes events, premieres and screenings. It would also be the official production studio for our community digital media fund.

Gratwick is also establishing a Community-Driven Digital Media Fund (More on this next week) and all productions funded will use the facility for their production needs. This ensures every investment brings guaranteed equipment/stage rentals.

Property Value: Owning a piece of the property is an investment that will continue to gain value while serving as the foundation for the Gratwick investment portfolio. 

How? Community Investment, Developer/City Support, Local/State/Federal Tax Incentives

All of these things combined make the numbers work in everyone's favor. But it all starts with the community demonstrating a desire for such a venue in the region by getting the ball rolling and investing in Gratwick so we can pull it all together.

Key Details

  • Location: Downtown Buffalo or Niagara Falls
  • Size: 200,000 sq ft
  • Cost: $40-50m
  • Capacity: 2,000- 10,000
  • Purpose: Multi-Use Interactive Entertainment Complex
  • Anchor Tenants: Community Media Fund, Esports Franchise/Arena, Retail
  • Worldwide Tourism Draw, even in the winter!
  • Civic Pride - Community Ownership

Breakdown of Facility

  • Arena Floor - 2-5000 spectators, LAN stations, locker rooms, training/practice pit.
  • 2nd Floor - Suites, Broadcast studios (2)
  • 3rd Floor (Mezzanine Level) - Concessions, Bar, Balcony 
  • Ground Floor - Sound Stages, Rental Warehouse, Editing Suites, 
  • 2nd Floor - Production offices (3 companies)/audition rooms overlook sound stages.
  • 3rd Floor - Observation deck, one-way glass. 
  • Mezzanine (3rd-floor common area) - Retail spaces, lounge/bar 

Real estate is all about making the numbers work. The facility broken down has several cornerstone tenants that provide leases that account for one element of positive numbers. 

Anchor Tenants

  • Studio: Gratwick/Community DMF
  • Arena: Esports Arena
  • Mezzanine: Concession Vendor
Possible Secondary Tenants
  • 3 production companies
  • Local brands (concessions)
  • Trainwreck Sports - Broadcast/Live Content
  • Buffalo Store - Retail
  • Codes Socks - Retail
  • Just Dishin - Retail
  • Gaming Equipment - Retail
  • Rebel One Studios - Animation
  • Esports Franchises
  • Sneaker Brand - Retail
  • Sports Betting

The Square Footage Breakdown

100,000 Sq ft for Gratwick offices, sound stages, storage and post-production.  The stages will be multi-use spaces for AR/VR experiences on off days.

Benefits

  • Local Creator Productions funded by the DMF (10-20 per yr)
  • Development of creative content (On-Going)
  • Community Driven Digital Media Fund

Secondary

  • Studio Tours
  • AR/VR Experiences on Stages
  • Post Production Services
  • Hollywood Productions
  • Stage/Equipment Rental (Day-to-Day)

30,000 Sq ft for the Esports arena that will hold 2-5,000 guests. It will be multi-use for concerts, TedTalks, Drone Racing. We’ve spoken with Esports Arena who attracts the largest esports events in the world to their venues and they have expressed interest in being the managing partner.

Benefits: 

  • World Class Tournaments (3-4 day events, 20 per year)
  • Leagues (Daily)
  • Lan Center (Day-to-Day revenue)
  • Scholastic Events

Secondary Uses

  • Intimate Concerts
  • Private Events
  • Ted Talks
  • Drone Racing
  • AR Experiences
  • Screenings, Premiere Parties

20,000 Sq ft for a mezzanine that overlooks the sound stages and arena. It will have retail shops and a lounge. 

Benefits

  • Retail Spaces
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Concessions
  • Common Space
  • Observation Deck

50,000 Sq ft is reserved for another tenant such as the BFLO Experience. We could provide the space and maintain the interactive AR/VR experiences they have planned.

Expressed Interest

In addition to Esports Arena, City officials from Buffalo and Niagara Falls, as well as two major developers in the region, have expressed interest in seeing a formal proposal.  Community Investment will cover the cost of running the full financial numbers, lawyers and artwork to present a shovel ready proposal to the developers and city.  

Once the project is approved, another public offering will be run for the actual cost of the facility. Whatever the amount raised and presented by Gratwick will count as the community’s investment in the project. 

The rest of the budget would be covered by a combination of Developer investment, incentives and bridge funding. Speaking of tax incentives…

Local, State and Federal Incentives

WNY is at the epicenter of a perfect storm of local, state and federal tax incentives that help to make the numbers much friendlier for all parties. 

Local: Revitalizing old buildings - 20% tax credit - We intend to renovate an old factory or similar building.

State: StartUpNY - No State Taxes for 10 years. The company will work with Buff State and other colleges to provide student access to programs, events, career opportunities and internships. 

Federal: Opportunity Zone - No Capital Gains Tax After 10 years. The areas we are considering all qualify for the highly successful opportunity zone credit. 

Most Important Variable Is You!

All of this starts with a community of people who realize what we believe in shapes our reality. If enough of us believe something like this is worth the risk of a micro-investment, it will happen!

Become a Gratwick A-Lister today and let's renovate the Buffalo skyline together!



BillsMafia Augmented Reality T-Shirt And Fan Art Contest

28 days ago

Our first update is a new perk we're including with our A-lister package and community art contest. 

As you probably already know we'll be launching the first stage of our plan in Buffalo, the hometown of our founder Kris Hulbert and Vice President Michael Dirmyer. As a life long fans of the Bills and Sabres, they wanted to create a unique gift for the early investors who also have a soft spot for Western New York.

In addition to all the A-Lister perks, each investment in Gratwick will receive our Augmented Buffalo Sports t-shirt.


That awesome image was created by Buffalo artist Ken Newton. Gratwick has teamed up with WNY businesses Rebel One Studios and Twisted Rope to handle the animation and AR elements before Codes Socks delivers the shirts at the end of the campaign. 

What is an AR Shirt?  When you look at the shirt through your phone the BillsMafia will come to life as an animated intro for a montage of fan submitted videos that will be updated each week. 

The back of the shirt will give a shout out to all the brands and allies that have had our back. The goal is to have the shirt available for the start of the NFL playoffs, but we need your help to make that happen! This first round we must rely entirely on word of mouth. If you see what we're trying to do here and believe like we do that it's an idea thats time has come, we need you to tell your family and friends to come check out what Gratwick is building.  Ask us questions and follow the campaign, this round is for the people who understand you have the power to shape your reality. If you believe a company like this should exist, you ensure we do by becoming a Gratwick A-Lister right now. 

Let's build the future we want, together. 


Fan Art Contest

There is one thing missing from our BillsMafia Shirt and it's Pancho Billa. We want to include a fan submitted image in the sky above the Mafia as a nod to Pancho. 

To have your idea considered, submit your image to gratwickproductions@gmail.com before the end of the campaign. 

The prize will be a few of the shirts and a meeting with one of our executives to discuss your creative ambitions. 

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