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Legion M Entertainment

The world's first FAN-OWNED entertainment company.

Legion M Entertainment

The world's first FAN-OWNED entertainment company.

Los Angeles, CA
Film & Video
MISS OUT ON ROUND 8? RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN ROUND 9. Legion M is the first entertainment company built to be owned by fans. Enabled by disruptive new securities laws, we're giving you a seat at the table -- and a stake in the outcome -- as we unite fans to shape the future of Hollywood!

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LEGION M ENTERTAINMENT IS CONSIDERING UNDERTAKING AN OFFERING OF SECURITIES UNDER TIER 2 OF REGULATION A. NO MONEY OR OTHER CONSIDERATION IS BEING SOLICITED, AND IF SENT IN RESPONSE, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES CAN BE ACCEPTED AND NO PART OF THE PURCHASE PRICE CAN BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE OFFERING STATEMENT FILED BY THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC HAS BEEN QUALIFIED BY THE SEC. ANY SUCH OFFER MAY BE WITHDRAWN OR REVOKED, WITHOUT OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND, AT ANY TIME BEFORE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE GIVEN AFTER THE DATE OF QUALIFICATION. AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.  "RESERVING" SECURITIES IS SIMPLY AN INDICATION OF INTEREST.  



OVER $16 MILLION RAISED FROM MORE THAN 35,000 INVESTORS


THANK YOU FOR MAKING ROUND 8 THE LARGEST IN LEGION M HISTORY! After reaching our $3 million cap quicker than ever before, we refiled with the SEC to make more room. Even with the added space, Round 8 ended with a waitlist full of people that we could not accommodate. 


Don't miss Round 9! Make a non-binding reservation today to get first look at the terms and -- if you like them -- first dibs to invest once the offering opens.


BREAKING NEWS:

 

  • Legion M has partnered with Exhibit A pictures to produce a documentary about the life of William Shatner. The project is currently in production with an expected release in 2023. LEARN MORE
  • Legion M has made a production investment and joined as an executive producer for Nandor Fodor and Talking Mongoose starring Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver, and Christopher Lloyd. The film has been shot and is currently in post-production with an anticipated release in 2023. LEARN MORE
  • Legion M has made a development investment and joined as an executive producer for Mary’s Monster, starring Clara Rugaard and Kit Harrington. The project is currently seeking finance through Metro International and CAA Media Finance with a goal of shooting in the fall of 2022. LEARN MORE
  • Legion M has made a production investment and joined as an executive producer for This is Not Financial Advice, a documentary about the rise and fall of the “Dogecoin Millionaire." The film is currently in post-production with an expected release in 2022 or 2023. LEARN MORE
  • Legion M has partnered with Garrison Film to produce The Man In the White Van, an elevated true-crime thriller starring Sean Astin, Ali Larter, Madison Wolfe, Brec Bassinger and Skai Jackson. The film is in post-production with an expected release in 2022 or 2023. LEARN MORE 
  • In November of 2021 Legion M announced that legendary actor/artist (and astronaut!) William Shatner joined the Legion M advisory board. In December Mr. Shatner wrote an op-ed for Slashfilm explaining why. READ IT NOW


Read about Legion M in:


OVERVIEW


FANS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!


We founded Legion M because we saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an entertainment company OWNED by fans.

 

Why? Because no matter where you sit in the value chain, a built-in audience can be one of the most valuable assets in entertainment. By uniting fans as shareholders, we’re attempting to create a built-in audience for everything we do. 



Legion M’s logo is the Roman numeral for 1 million. That's because our long-term goal is to unite 1 million fans as shareholders of the company. Our mission is to create a massive grassroots audience — a Legion of fans — that we believe could make Legion M one of the most influential companies in Hollywood.



TEAM


Emmy-Winning Digital Pioneers

Co-founders Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison are Emmy-winning serial entrepreneurs and digital pioneers. In 1999, the duo (along with one other cofounder) started MobiTV, the first company in the U.S. to launch live streaming television on mobile phones. From 2003 to 2009, the trio grew the company into a worldwide leader in streaming media with 300+ employees, more than $100 million of VC investment, and an Emmy Award for innovation in television. 


In addition, Legion M has attracted a top-tier advisory board that includes legendary actor William Shatner, billion-dollar producer Dean Devlin, author/entrepreneur Eric Ries (author of “The Lean Startup"), and current/former executives from Netflix, Sony, Lucasfilm, Epic Games, and MGM.


PROJECTS


Invest in a Diversified Slate of Projects


Since Legion M was founded in 2016, we’ve developed a slate of projects diversified across genre, medium, business model, and risk profile. We’ve demonstrated an ability to work with top tier partners, from billion-dollar producers like Dean Devlin (Independence Day, Stargate, Leverage, The Librarians) and Michael Uslan (Batman, The Dark Knight, Joker) to renowned creators like Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Universe) and Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) and top-shelf distribution partners including NEON (Parasite, I Tonya), Bleecker Street (The Assistant, Beasts of No Nation), Searchlight (JoJo Rabbit, The Shape of Water), SpectreVision (No Man of God, Color out of Space) and Nederlander Worldwide Productions (Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King).


TRACTION


Note: This chart shows revenue as reported in our audited financial statements. For complete audited financial statements along with management’s discussion and analysis of the results, please see our SEC filings. Past financial performance is not an indication of future financial performance. 


  1. Legion M's share price is not set on an open market the same way a publicly traded stock is. Instead, the company sets the stock price, and the public decides whether or not they would like to buy it.
  2. Beginning in Round 7, Legion M’s offerings included the opportunity to receive bonus shares as a reward, which changes the effective share price paid by the investor.
  3. The average effective share price for Round 7 was determined by dividing the total amount raised by the total number of shares issued (inclusive of bonus shares).
  4. The effective share price for Round 8 depended on the amount invested and the bonuses (if any) the investor qualifies for.

THE PROBLEM


Entertainment is a “hit-driven business” 

Entertainment can be extremely lucrative, but is also unpredictable. Consumer trends, technologies, and distribution models are constantly changing. Movies and TV shows are expensive bets, with budgets that can reach the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. Every project has potential to be a breakout hit...but even the biggest names in the business sometimes strike out.


How can you improve your odds of success?



THE SOLUTION


Harnessing the Power of Fans

While technologies and trends will come and go, there’s been one constant in entertainment since the earliest days of silent film: the importance of the audience. It's the audience (or lack thereof) that determines success or failure, and the audience that’s responsible for every penny in ticket sales, subscription fees, and advertising revenue.



That's why a company owned by fans is such a powerful idea. When we pool our collective power, we have potential to:


  • Fill theaters opening night
  • Negotiate better terms
  • Attract the best talent
  • Harness the "wisdom of the crowd" to make decisions
  • Find the next big thing
  • Reduce downside risk
  • Increase the chance of creating a hit

We believe that by harnessing the power of fans, Legion M can create SUSTAINABLE LONG TERM COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES that could potentially make Legion M one of the most influential companies in Hollywood.


OPENING THE GATES OF HOLLYWOOD


HAVING FUN = GOOD BUSINESS

Most companies view investors simply as a source of capital. For Legion M, they are the foundation of our business. We are a community as well as a corporation, and our job is to create value for this community with things like:

  • Invitations to red carpet premieres
  • Set visits
  • Roles as extras in our films
  • Special events (e.g. Stan Lee Handprint Ceremony, Saturn Awards, etc.)
  • Opening weekend meetups for movie releases
  • Online Q&As with actors, directors, and other Hollywood insiders
  • Special investor-only offers, discounts, and invitations
  • Lounges at events like Comic Con and Sundance Film Festival
  • FILM SCOUT app and Elite Scout Program
  • Inclusion in the Legion M production credit 



The wonderful thing about a fan-owned company is that financial ROI and fun are not necessarily mutually exclusive. The more engaged and excited our audience is, the more buzz and value we can create for the project, which in turn increases the project’s chances of success to the benefit of the company and all its shareholders.


OUR BUSINESS


HOW WE MAKE MONEY

Legion M has previously earned revenue from a diversified array of business models. Our goal is to find areas where we can use our community to create competitive advantages, including: 


WHY INVEST


Let’s Make an M-Shaped Dent in the Universe!





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Round 8 Shirts and Pins are Now Available!

14 days ago

THANK YOU to all the investors who made Round 8 the largest in Legion M history! Thank you also for your patience as we worked through all the final closing details with StartEngine. We're excited to finally release the Round 8 shirts and pins! 

We work hard to make these rewards as attractive as possible for our investors, while remaining as efficient as possible with company funds. Because while everyone loves free goodies, as an investor in the company it's one of the the last things you want your money spent on. We believe there's great value in providing gear like this that our investors can wear with pride, but we also take steps (e.g. asking investors to pay for shipping, using preorders so we can produce exactly the number of shirts we need) to ensure we're doing so responsibly.


ROUND 8 SHIRTS
Every round 8 investment included a free Round 8 shirt as a reward. If you invested in Round 8, please check your inbox for an email with a discount code to claim yours. If you can't find it, check your spam folder (and add us to your safe-sender list!). The email came from orders@legionm.com and has the subject line: Round 8 Investor Tees Now Available To Claim.

The shirts cost $20 each, but by using the Discount Code included in your email you can claim one for free (not including shipping). If you made multiple investments, you should receive multiple codes. Unfortunately our system does not support multiple discount codes in a single order, so if you are trying to claim multiple free shirts you'll need to check out separately for each one, and then send an email to orders@legionm.com so we can combine the orders and refund any extra shipping you've been charged.

Note that this item is made to order (i.e. we collect all the orders first, and then produce only what we'll need). We expect it to ship in September. 


ROUND 8 ENAMEL PINS

For those that are interested, we also have some Round 8 pins available. While high quality enamel pins like this typically sell for $10 -$20, we offer them for just $4.50, which is about what it costs us to design and produce them. We think the pins are a fun way to show off your Legion M pride, and a cool limited-edition collectible. Hopefully someday these little pins are highly sought after mementos from the early days of Legion M! 

Like the shirts, these pins are made to order, and are expected to ship in September. 

You can check out these and all the other great Legion M products at https://shop.legionm.com/collections/investor-swag.


Onward and Upward!

The Legion M Team

PROJECT UPDATE: Setback for our Streaming Series

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted July 15, 2022.


Legion M has been on a winning streak lately, but today I’m afraid we’ve got some disappointing news to report.

First, a story...

One of the earliest investors in MobiTV (the first startup Paul, myself, and Phillip Alvelda founded in 1999) was a highly distinguished individual named Bobby Ray Inman. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Bob was a 4 Star Admiral in the US Navy. He also served as Director of the NSA and Deputy Director of the CIA. 

As a career military man, Admiral Inman was an imposing figure who commanded respect. And as one of our nation's top intelligence officials, he was extraordinarily smart.  We're friendly with Bob now, but to be honest we were all a little afraid of him back then.

Bob taught us many things, and has had a huge influence on the entrepreneurs Paul and I are today. I recall during one of our first board meetings when he told us:

"Both good things and bad things are going to happen to this company - it's inevitable. You need to tell me both. I never get upset about bad things, but I get mad as hell when people don’t tell me about them."

This statement summarizes the way Paul and I feel about sharing news with our community. As managers of the company, we work for you. Part of that means sharing the news -- good, bad, and ugly. And while most of the time we post updates to celebrate the good news, today we need to share some of the ugly.

Now, the news:

In August of 2021 Legion M signed a deal with a major streaming company for the sale of our first TV series. Due to confidentiality agreements we have not been able to reveal the the name of the series or the partner, but we've promoted it with statements like the following from our StartEngine profile:


 


This project has been a big deal for Legion M. The long-form legal agreement took over 8 months to negotiate. The series was expected to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to Legion M over the coming years, with an opportunity to grow over time. Most importantly, this deal represented a significant inflection point, as Legion M graduated from the immeasurable ranks of producers attempting to package and sell a TV series in Hollywood to the much more exclusive community of producers who have successfully packaged and sold a TV series in Hollywood. 

Since the deal was signed last August, the streamer has been working in earnest on the series. They staffed a writers’ room and completed two full seasons of episode outlines (our deal was for 2 seasons of the series). After the first season’s outlines were approved by the streamer, the writers completed the first full season of scripts. Everything seemed to be moving towards production starting later this year, with an expected release in 2023.

Until a few weeks ago when our streaming partner informed us that, in the course of making some difficult business decisions, they had to cut the project from their slate. Ugh.

They told us their decision was not due to any creative issues with the show, but because of a new mandate that changed the streamer’s overall content strategy. These sorts of situations are all too common in Hollywood. If you follow the news, there's no shortage of “strategic changes” and show cancellations (animated and otherwise) reported in recent months. While it's extremely frustrating for those that have invested months or years of their lives into these projects, this is simply part of doing business in Hollywood. Our show isn't the first to get shelved due to a change in company strategy, and it certainly won't be the last. 

What does this mean for Legion M?

While this is a disappointing setback for Legion M, we don't expect the impact to be too severe in the overall scheme of things. This is just one project -- we have dozens of others on our slate. The expected revenue would have been nice, but only represents a small portion of our overall run rate. As a company focused primarily on the long-term growth of our community and building competitive advantages, this feels more like a missed opportunity than a blow to our core business. And as we mentioned, these setbacks are all too common in Hollywood -- to be successful we must build a company capable of withstanding them. 

It’s also worth noting that while this particular deal with this particular streamer is dead, there is still reason to be hopeful about the project. Our creative and producing teams continue to be excited and committed to pushing the project forward. Our former streaming partner has indicated a willingness to negotiate a "turnaround agreement" that would allow us to take back the project (including the outlines and scripts) so we can try to sell it elsewhere. Since this series was not previously shopped (it was part of a “first look” deal that allowed our former streaming partner to lock it up before anyone else had a chance to see it), we believe there are other potential buyers in the marketplace. 

No matter what happens from here, we feel like this project has already been instrumental in allowing Legion M to "level up" within the industry. We have a large number of new projects in development that we're hoping to sell. The milestone we reached with this deal – closing a deal for a series with a top streamer – still stands. We’ve proven that we can package and sell IP. 

Bad luck may have scuttled this deal, but that will always be a risk outside our control. If we can continue executing on the things within our control, we’re confident our breaks will come. 

Onward and Upward,

Jeff, Paul, and the team at Legion M

Watch Legion M CEO Paul Scanlan on the TEDx Stage

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted July 12, 2021.



Legion M's first TED talk is now available to watch! Legion M co-founder and CEO Paul Scanlan took to the TEDx stage in Soho (London, UK) to discuss the power of digital communities. His full talk, “Digital Communities: Our Salvation Or Downfall?” discusses how innovations in technology, social media, and rapid globalization are impacting entertainment. Can one million fans change the face of Hollywood?

WATCH NOW


Thank you Paul for making us all proud and representing Legion M on the prestigious TEDx stage!


Onward and upward,

🍿 Legion M team

Breaking News: Legion M Uniting Fans to Crowdfund and Produce William Shatner Documentary with Exhibit A Pictures.

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted June 30, 2022.


Lot's of news coming out today! We'll follow up with some analysis later, but for now we're just going to share the press release. This just hit the wire at 8AM PST, and already has been covered by VarietyDeadlineTheWrap, and Indiewire.


DEFINITIVE WILLIAM SHATNER DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS FROM LEGION M AND EXHIBIT A PICTURES

Fans to Have an Unprecedented Opportunity to Participate in Feature Film About the Life of the Celebrated Icon with Footage to Debut During Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con

For more information, or to make a non-binding reservation, please go to https://join.legionm.com/william-shatner-documentary/

San Francisco, CA - June 30, 2022 - Today Legion M and Exhibit A Pictures are announcing a new documentary directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, in which William Shatner takes off the countless masks he's worn throughout his storied career, to reveal the man behind one of the most recognizable faces in the world.

In truly unique fashion, Legion M, the world's first fan-owned entertainment company, is allowing fans to invest directly in the project. Unlike a Kickstarter or IndieGogo campaign, these investors are doing more than just providing the funds to produce the film -- they also own a share of any potential profits the documentary earns. Investment terms have not been released yet, but beginning today fans can sign up to make a non-binding, no-obligation reservation HERE. Reservation holders will be the first to know when the offering opens, and will be given priority if it sells out.

The producers will be providing an early look at some of the footage on pop culture's biggest stage later this month during a Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con featuring William Shatner and moderated by actor/director/comedian Kevin Smith (“Jay and Silent Bob” franchise, “Clerks” franchise)

At 91 years old, William Shatner is an iconic actor, artist, and astronaut(!) best known for his legendary role in “Star Trek” as Captain Kirk that spanned nearly 30 years across film and television, as well as the titular character in “T.J. Hooker” and the television series, “Boston Legal.”

Said Bill Shatner: "For years I've had people approaching me to do a documentary about my life, but I turned them all down because it didn’t feel like the right fit. Alexandre and I hit it off right away, and when I heard how Legion M wanted to incorporate audiences to be a part of it, it was perfect. Fans have been responsible for my career -- it only seems right that they should own this doc."

Legion M is the first entertainment company designed from the ground up to be owned by fans. With more than 35,000 shareholders, the company has had a hand in developing, producing, and/or releasing nearly a dozen projects over the last 6 years, including COLOSSAL (starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis), MANDY (starring Nicolas Cage), ARCHENEMY(starring Joe Manganiello) and recently wrapped production on the film NANDOR FODOR AND THE TALKING MONGOOSE (starring Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver and Christopher Lloyd). 

Said Legion M co-founders Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison in a joint statement: "From make-believe starship captain to a real-life rocketman, William Shatner has led one of the most unique and best-lived lives on the planet. While we all know him from his iconic roles, the REAL William Shatner is even more interesting. We're thrilled to be working with Alexandre and the top-notch team at Exhibit A, and excited to give fans around the world an opportunity to be a part of Bill’s legacy."

Dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of our global cinematic and pop culture heritage, Exhibit A Pictures specializes in long-form documentary films that celebrate and deconstruct the defining popular trends and icons of our time. Alexandre O. Philippe, Kerry Deignan Roy and Robert Muratore are original founding partners of the US-based documentary film company, which first came together for the pop-culture breakout THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS (SXSW 2010). Since that time, the team has produced eight features, including DOC OF THE DEAD (SXSW 2014), 78/52: HITCHCOCK’S SHOWER SCENE (Sundance 2017), MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN (Sundance 2019), LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST (Venice 2019, Sundance 2020) and LYNCH/OZ (Tribeca 2022). 

Said director Alexandre O. Philippe: "I grew up watching Bill Shatner on a black-and-white television in Switzerland. My first memories of him are from Columbo and The Twilight Zone. He is a modern Renaissance man. Ubiquitous. Unavoidable. His range as an actor (Roger Corman’s The Intruder, anyone..?) is as staggering as the depth of his wisdom and curiosity; and I couldn’t be more excited by this opportunity to craft an up close and personal portrait of a man who fascinates me, through some of the important themes he openly tackles in his most vulnerable autobiographical songs. This intimate film will illuminate little-known and rarely seen aspects of Bill’s career and philosophy, and also re-examine some of his most iconic roles and cultural moments through a brand-new lens."

Alexandre O. Philippe and Exhibit A Pictures are managed by Peter Van Steemburg of XYZ Films.

For more information, or to make a non-binding reservation, please go to https://join.legionm.com/william-shatner-documentary/


NO MONEY OR OTHER CONSIDERATION IS BEING SOLICITED, AND IF SENT IN RESPONSE, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

NO OFFER TO BUY THE SECURITIES CAN BE ACCEPTED AND NO PART OF THE PURCHASE PRICE CAN BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE OFFERING STATEMENT IS FILED WITH THE SEC AND ONLY THROUGH AN INTERMEDIARY'S PLATFORM. ANY SUCH OFFER MAY BE WITHDRAWN OR REVOKED, WITHOUT OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND, AT ANY TIME BEFORE NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE GIVEN AFTER THE DATE OF FILING.

AN INDICATION OF INTEREST INVOLVES NO OBLIGATION OR COMMITMENT OF ANY KIND.

New Project Alert: THIS IS NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted June 9, 2022.


Over the past few years there has been an explosion in the number of ways an average investor can invest their money. In the "olden days" (i.e. 5-10 years ago) retail investing was a stuffy suit-and-tie sort of affair that felt inaccessible to most. The things available to invest in -- stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. -- had been well established for decades.

Today the barriers to entry are gone, and anyone can invest with a click on their phone. The world of assets you can invest in now includes things that were previously inaccessible (e.g. fine art, exotic cars, and even startup companies like Legion M) as well as things that didn't even exist a few years ago (e.g. crypto currency and NFTs). 

Investors' biggest problem today isn't ACCESS to investment opportunities, but INFORMATION that allows them to separate the signal from the noise.

This is one of the big reasons that Legion M signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming documentary feature This is Not Financial Advice. Produced by the exceptional documentary team at Optimist, the film promises to "explore the psychology of investing through the story of the "Dogecoin Millionaire" (a guy who cashed out his life savings to invest in a joke cryptocurrency) and a generation of new investors powered by the internet and social media." In addition to being wildly entertaining, the documentary serves as an informative look at the investment landscape of today, contrasting some of the wildly different strategies investors employ as they attempt to conquer it.

As an executive producer, Legion M has made an equity investment in the production of the documentary with potential to earn revenue based on its performance. In addition, we have a marketing partnership in place in which Legion M will earn revenue and work with the Optimist team to promote the film.

The release date is TBD, but is expected to be sometime in late 2022 or 2023. We'll share more information once we've got it, but in the meantime you can learn more by visiting the landing page.

Kit Harrington joins the cast of "Mary's Monster"

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted May 28, 2022.

In case you missed the email last week, we wanted to make sure you saw the exciting Legion M news out of Cannes Film Festival! 

Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones) has signed on to Mary's Monster, a film Legion M is executive producing in conjunction with with James Corden’s production company Fulwell 73 & Rose Pictures. Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother; Teen Spirit; The Rising) has been cast in the lead role of Mary Shelley. BAFTA (the UK equivalent of the Academy Awards) award-winning director Farren Blackburn (The Fades, Daredevil) is attached to direct.

Mary's Monster is a strikingly original, high-concept rock ‘n roll take on Mary Shelley’s mental struggle to write her seminal novel Frankenstein. This genre-busting film brings to life the monster like never before, appearing to Mary as the manifestation of her own fragile and damaged psyche. Re-imagining the anarchic, turbulent, hedonistic spirit of the Romantic era, Mary’s Monster will redefine period film for the modern YA audience.

The film is seeking finance and distribution at the Cannes film market with Metro International and CAA Media Finance repping.

For the purposes of Legion M's financial reporting, this film is classified as a development project because it has not yet secured production financing. If you aren't familiar with the way Legion M defines our projects, here's a description from our SEC filings: 

Development generally refers to the earliest stages of the content production cycle, when production companies invest time, money, and “sweat equity” to develop, package, and sell movies, TV series and other entertainment projects. Examples of development activities include reading and evaluating scripts, licensing IP, packaging talent (e.g. showrunners, actors, directors), creating pitch materials, and pitching projects to financiers, studios, streaming services, networks, distributors and other potential partners. The goal of development is typically to package a project for financing and/or sale so it can be produced.

In the case of Mary's Monster, Legion M has attached to the film as an Executive Producer. We've invested development money with a chance to earn a return if the film enters production. We also have a stake in the backend with potential to generate revenue based on the film's success, and are exploring the potential of merchandise and/or marketing partnerships.

Click the links below to learn more about the project, read the article on Deadline, and check out our discussion with director Farren Blackburn and Producers Rose Ganguzza (Rose Pictures), and Heather Greenwood (Fulwell 73).


LEARN MORE!

Legion M Executive Producing Simon Pegg / Minnie Driver Movie "Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose"

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted May 12, 2022.


Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose stars Simon Pegg (left), Minnie Driver (middle), and is directed by Adam Sigal (right).

Last week Legion M announced a new feature film project: Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose. The movie -- directed by Adam Sigal -- tells the entirely true (seriously!) story of a  Hungarian-American para-psychologist from the 1930's named Nandor Fodor who traveled to the the Isle of Man to investigate reports of a talking mongoose named Gef (pronounced "Jeff"). 

This week we're excited to release more information on the cast, led by the one and only Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Mission Impossible, Star Wars) playing the lead role of Nandor Foder and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Rosaline) playing the role of Nandor's assistant "Anne". The cast is rounded out by Tim Downie (Good Omens), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones), Gary Beadle (In the Heart of the Sea) and Drew Moerlin (V/H/S). 

Deadline broke the story with an article that included a quote from Legion M:

“Our shareholders have made it made it clear they value original stories and storytellers,” added Legion M’s co-founder and President, Jeff Annison. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Adam, Simon, and Minnie to bring this wildly imaginative story to the big screen.” For more, read the whole article on Deadline.

Legion M is an executive producer on the film, with a multi-prong deal that includes an equity investment, marketing and sales support, on-set activations, and merchandising. We also have a limited number of set visits available for Legion M investors who can get themselves to Leeds, UK -- click here to learn more

Like most film investments, Legion M's financial ROI will depend on the long-term success of the movie. We have multiple avenues from which to potentially generate revenue, including return on our equity investment, marketing fees, sales commissions, and merchandise.  That said, we believe this is one of those projects that will pay off no matter how well the film does. That's because -- like all our projects -- we evaluate success not just by the revenue it generates (which is nice), but also its ability to grow the size of our community (which we believe is THE KEY to our long-term success) and help us "level up" to bigger and better projects. The opportunity to work closely with beloved icons like Simon and Minnie -- as well as an exciting emerging voice in director Adam Sigal -- is one we hope will pay off for years to come.

Onward and Upward!

Round 8 SOLD OUT! So what comes next?

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted May 3, 2022.



THANK YOU to each and every one of the 6,676 investors who made Round 8 the most successful in Legion M history. After selling out our initial cap of $3,000,000 earlier this year, we went back to the SEC and increased the cap to $3,850,000. Then in April it sold out again! 

This is good news for ALL Legion M shareholders as it show our momentum is continuing to grow. We just released our 2021 annual report (more on that in a subsequent update), and feel more bullish than ever about where we're headed. We don't know the exact shareholder count yet (we won't until we get disbursement lists from StartEngine), but we expect to have over 35,000 shareholders. And we're just getting started...

Now that round 8 is complete we've got a lot of exciting announcements to make. Here's a quick preview of some of the things to come:

  • NEW PROJECTS. We've got a bunch of great new projects to announce in the coming weeks, including some of our biggest and best projects yet!
  • STOCK SPLIT. StartEngine has told us it could take up to 60 days for them to fully close out the round, but as soon as it does we plan to split the stock, exchanging 10 Legion M post-split shares for every 1 pre-split share owned. 
  • WORLDWIDE TOAST. Once the dust settles on Round 8, we'll schedule a "Worldwide Toast" livestream where we can all raise a glass to what we've accomplished, and all that is yet to come.
  • HOLLYWOOD READERS ROOM. If you've taken the latest M-Pulse, you know what this refers to. If not, please take the latest M-Pulse!

As a fan-owned company, our strength comes from our size. For this reason, we believe that growing the legion is the single most important thing we can do to improve the company's odds of success. With a stated goal of 1 million shareholders, we expect that to include many more rounds of equity crowdfunding, starting with Round 9 which is expected to kick off later this year and has the potential to be the biggest push in Legion M history.

In the meantime, we just wanted to welcome all our new investors and say how honored we are to have you on the team.  As you know, the Legion M staff is investing alongside you -- not just with our money (almost everyone at Legion M works for below-market salaries in exchange for options in the company), but also our blood, sweat and tears. We are incredibly humbled by each and every one of you who is willing to entrust us with your investment, and are committed to making the most of it -- for all our sakes. What we're doing has never been done before, but fortune favors the bold.

THANK YOU!
 Paul, Jeff, Terri L, David, Eric, Michelle, Terri P, Mandy, Taylor, Brandi, Prophetess, Clare, Ramona and the rest of the Legion M team

Sneak Peek at Legion M's Comedy Project in Development with National Lampoon

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted April 27, 2022.


At any one time Legion M has dozens of projects in "development". If you are not familiar with the term, "development" generally refers to the earliest stages of the film and TV cycle, when companies like Legion M invest time, money, and “sweat equity” to create, develop, package, and sell movies, TV series and other entertainment projects. The goal of development is typically to finance and/or sell a project so it can be produced.

This is one of the most speculative stages in the entertainment business because the odds of success for any given project are very low. There are millions of scripts and ideas in Hollywood--but only a very small percentage get made. That said, the potential value of developing a successful project can be be quite large. At one point Game of Thrones was just a series of books, and shows like American Idol were nothing more than a glimmer in the eye of producers. Every project we develop and every pitch we make is an opportunity to launch a new movie, series, or franchise.

Today we wanted to give you a first look behind the curtain at a project we’re developing in conjunction with National Lampoon (Animal House, Christmas Vacation, etc.). Our goal with the project was to develop a series that could tap into both the wisdom of the crowd and the wealth of talented creators that produce content daily on social media and YouTube. National Lampoon began in the 1970's as a place where emerging comedy voices came together to create something (initially a comedy magazine) of value. This show is a reimagining of that same process in an era of cellphones and TikTok. The working title for this project is "Legion of Comedy", although that -- along with everything else about projects at this stage -- is subject to change. 


Watch The Sizzle


We’re excited to bring the Legion M community into the process at such an early stage. We'd  love to hear any ideas you might have for hosts (feel free to think big -- the sky's the limit!) as well as feedback on the show. The link above will take you to a landing page where you can watch the sizzle video, and submit your feedback/ideas. Take a look and tell us what you think!

Onward and upward,

🤣 Paul, Jeff, Terri L, David, Eric, Michelle, Terri P, Mandy, Taylor, Brandi, Prophetess, Clare, Ramona and the rest of the Legion M team

The Future of Legion M is in Your Hands -- Vote on New Projects and Initiatives with M-Pulse

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted April 26, 2022.


Legion M's M-Pulse surveys are one of the many ways our community's thoughts and opinions influence the direction of Legion M. Feedback from our investors and members helps guide us, and the "wisdom of the crowd" helps us make smarter choices about potential projects and initiatives in our pipeline. Many of the things we do are a direct result of the feedback we receive from M-Pulse.

The latest version of M-Pulse has three distinct sections:

  1. Potential Film and TV Projects: Read and rank projects under consideration or in development at Legion M.
  2. Hollywood Readers Room: IP drives our industry, and we looking for ways our community can help us find the next great story. Building on the success of Film Scout, we're exploring the idea of launching a book club where our community can play a direct role in selecting, evaluating and developing books for Film and TV.
  3. Direct Investments In Projects: If you’re an investor in Legion M, you already have a stake in everything we do. But as we’ve seen with projects like OneDoor Studios and Calculated, many of our investors are also interested in investing directly in projects alongside the company. We’d love to get your feedback on these sort of opportunities, and whether you’d like to see more of them in the future.


Try M-Pulse Now


Thank you one and all for being a part of Legion M. We hope you decide to participate in the latest M-Pulse and maximize your impact on our fan-owned endeavor.

☑️ Paul, Jeff, Terri L, David, Eric, Michelle, Terri P, Mandy, Taylor, Brandi, Prophetess, Clare, Ramona and the rest of the Legion M team

Film Scout mention in BBC worldwide broadcast!

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted March 24, 2022.


Legion M and Film Scout got a nice mention on BBC Click last weekend. The clip below was broadcast multiple times on BBC News and BBC World News, to viewers in over 200 countries and territories.



Legion M included in BBC SXSW roundup (begins at about 3:20 of the clip above)

Speaking of Film Scout -- there's just a few days left to make your picks for SXSW 2022. In order to compete for Elite Scout Status, you must complete at least 40 matchups by EOD this Sunday (March 27th). For those that don't know what Film Scout is, you can click here to learn more or simply download the app on iOS or Android. For those that do know about Film Scout, let's get scouting!!

Shareholder Vote Results: The 10-for-1 Stock Split Passed - Here are Final Results and Next Steps!

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted February 22, 2022.


BACKGROUND

From Dec 27th 2021 through Jan 7th 2022, Legion M held a shareholder vote on a proposed 10-for-1 stock split that would split every existing Legion M share into 10 Legion M shares. To read more about the proposal, please check out the Stock Split Proposal FAQ. The vote was conducted via KoreConX, Legion M’s SEC registered transfer agent and the keeper of the company’s cap table (i.e. the place where you can login to to see your shares). The vote allowed our equity crowdfunding investors made the final decision -- Legion M's founders and staff waited until AFTER all the community voted, and cast our shares according to their decision. 

RESULTS

The results of the vote were overwhelming, with 96.5% of shares held by our equity crowdfunding investors voting for the split, and just 3.5% selecting “Withhold from voting” to vote against the split. Based on this result, the Legion M founders and staff also voted their shares "For" the proposal.

After the formal vote concluded, Legion M also conducted a non-binding straw poll in the Legion M members-only Facebook group to confirm that the KoreConX vote was accurate. We wanted to ensure that there wasn’t a large contingent of people who were against the split but unable to vote and/or confused by the language used on the KoreConX interface. The results of the Facebook poll were consistent with the results of the KoreConX vote.

Based on these results, the SPLIT HAS OFFICIALLY PASSED.

NEXT STEPS

We are now working through all the logistics of amending our certificate of incorporation and splitting the stock within KoreConX. We recently refiled with the SEC to increase our fundraising cap for Round 8 (which has a limited number of shares remaining at https://startengine.com/legionm), but once that sells out we plan to retire the Round 8 terms and enact the split. Our current expectation is that this will occur in March or April, though that is subject to change if necessary.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the discussion and vote. We couldn't be more excited about where Legion M is headed, and feel like this split will provide a great foundation for the future of Legion M and all our shareholders!

Onward and Upward!

Legion M Shareholders in Super Bowl Ads?!?

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted February 18, 2022.


2022 marked the first ever appearance of a Legion M shareholder in a Super Bowl Ad. Not just once, but TWICE!

Many people recognized Legion M advisor and shareholder WILLIAM SHATNER starring with Lindsay Lohan in a 30 second Planet Fitness commercial: 

 

But eagle-eyed viewers also spotted a second Legion M shareholder -- Round 2 investor JEFF AYARS playing Thomas Jefferson in this 60 second ClickUp spot:


For those that don't know him, Jeff Ayers is a longtime member of the Legion -- he even came out with us to work San Diego Comic Con in 2018!


Congratulations to both Bill and Jeff -- we’re proud to have you in the Legion! And it’s nice to know that when it comes time for Legion M to have Super Bowl ads of our own, we’ve got veterans like you to show us the ropes! :)

Round 8 Cap Raised to Accommodate Waitlist and a Limited Number of New Investors

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted February 17, 2022.

When Round 8 reached its $3,000,000 cap on January 4th, it became not just the largest round in Legion M history but also one of the quickest to sell out. Over the past 6 weeks we’ve accumulated a waiting list of more than 500 investors hoping to get in.

Today, we have good news. The amount of money we can raise via Reg CF is limited to $5MM in a rolling calendar year, and as of yesterday we had about $850K available under that cap. As such, we refiled with the SEC to increase the Round 8 limit to $3,850,005. This will accommodate the entire waitlist -- and a limited number of new investors! 

If you are on the waitlist, please check your inbox for an email from StartEngine -- you must confirm your investment within the next week or it will be cancelled.

Note that once the $3.85 MM cap is reached, the Round 8 terms will be retired. That makes this the last chance to invest at the Round 8 share price, the last chance to get in prior to the 10-for-1 stock split and the last chance (between now and March 13th) to get your name in the credits for The Man in The White Van.

If you are an existing Round 8 investor THANK YOU for making it one of the most successful in Legion M history. If you are thinking about joining Round 8 but haven’t gotten around to it...now is the time!

Onward and Upward!
-Paul, Jeff and the Legion M team

To NFT or Not FT. That is the question...

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted February 9, 2022.


Legion M was founded on the premise that an entertainment company owned by FANS can develop competitive advantages over the rest of the field. One of the tools we use for this is M-Pulse, which allows us to harness the wisdom of the crowd, gauge the sentiment of our shareholders, and benefit from the combined wisdom, experience, and passion of our community.

Our most recent M-Pulse launched this week, soliciting feedback and opinions on NFTs -- one of the most rapidly growing (and controversial) categories in collectibles and licensing.

Do you love NFT's? Hate NFT's? Wonder WTF are NFT's? Take a moment to weigh in with the latest M-Pulse and LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

TAKE ME TO THE NFT M-PULSE!

Legion M is Hiring!

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted January 28, 2022.


BACKGROUND
While Legion M has been involved with nearly every stage of film and TV production, one of the most exciting things we do is development. Development is where ideas get turned into reality and raw materials like scripts and IP (e.g. books, comics, etc) are combined with creators and in an effort to create a package that gets greenlit into production.

Development is one of the most speculative and high-risk activities in entertainment. There are millions of projects vying to be made, yet 99.9% will never see the light of day. The difference between success and failure is the difference between a project that generates revenue (and has the chance to become a hit!) vs. one that is written off as a total loss. A big part of Legion M’s proposition is our belief that a company owned by fans can create competitive advantages that improve our odds of success in getting our projects made.

Development also takes time. When you hear somebody giving an awards speech talking about the “10 years we spent working on this project”, most likely the bulk of that time was spent in the development stage. To invest in development is to make a long term bet, as even the quickest turnarounds are typically measured in years.

LEGION M IS HIRING!
2021 marked an inflection point for Legion M's development. We announced the sale of our first streaming series and produced the feature film The Man In The White Van – both of which were developed by Legion M. These projects represent a quantum leap for the company -- we graduated from the sea of those trying to develop projects to those who have successfully developed projects. That distinction makes a big difference in our ability to level up to even bigger and better projects. 

In 2022 we’re ready to double down. Our development slate is expanding rapidly, and our prospects have never looked brighter. Now we’re looking to expand our team with a new hire. 

We are looking for a talented creative development and sales executive to join our executive team and help take Legion M to the next level. This is a high level position (VP or above), and we’re looking for people who already have a proven track record of success developing and selling movies and TV.

If this sounds like you or somebody you know, we welcome all qualified applicants and, when possible, give preference to members of the Legion. Please take a look at our job posting below for more details and see if you can help us find the next Legion M staff member!


VIEW THE JOB DESCRIPTION

TEASER: Behind The Scenes Sneak Peek at “The Man In The White Van”

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted December 24, 2021.


Want to know what it was like on the set of our latest film? In late October, Legion M wrapped principal photography on The Man In The White Van, a Hitchcockian true-crime thriller starring Sean Astin, Ali Larter, Madison Wolfe, and Brec Bassinger, with plans for release in 2022.

This is a big release for us - as the producer of the film (along with the financier Garrison Film and writer/director Warren Skeels), Legion M earns "producer fees" up front. We also own a "backend" stake in any profits the film generates. Like every film, The Man In the White Van is a swing for the fences -- if it's a home run we'll participate in the upside, but even if it isn't we'll receive revenue for our work producing the film.

Due to mandatory Covid protocols we were unable to bring investors to set this year. That’s why in 2022 we plan to release a series of behind the scenes videos to open a window into our 5 weeks of production. We’ll be introducing you to the cast and crew, sharing the triumphs and challenges, and showing how we produced our latest project. Click the button below to view a short trailer made from just a small fraction of the we’ve shot.

Happy Viewing and Happy Holidays!

🎁 Paul, Jeff, Terri L, David, Eric, Michelle, Terri P, Mandy, Taylor, Brandi, Prophetess, Clare, and the rest of the Legion M team

William Shatner: The Future Is Worth Fighting For, And Fans Will Lead The Way

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted December 11, 2021.


Two days ago we announced that William Shatner had joined the Legion M advisory board. Today, we'd like to draw your attention to the heartfelt love letter he wrote for SlashFilm, in which he talks about Legion M in a number of wonderful passages like this:


"...after returning from space, what excites me most about [Legion M] is their mission to UNITE. We live in an age when so many things are pulling us apart. Our politics, our media, and our technology are all optimized to exploit our differences. But when you look down from 300,000 feet, all that falls away. What remains is an appreciation of the word "humankind", and fierce desire to work towards a future defined by things that bring us together instead of those that tear us apart."


The wonderful thing about our relationship with Bill is how organically it developed. He’s not a paid spokesperson -- he's a shareholder of the company who genuinely believes in what we're doing. And while he does receive stock options as a Legion M advisor, those options will only have value if the company is successful.

Needless to say, we're delighted to be working with Bill, and excited to see where things go from here. If you haven't already, we encourage you to read his full letter -- there may not be a better introduction to Legion M!


ONWARD AND UPWARD,

Paul, Jeff, and the Legion M team

Breaking News: William Shatner Joins Legion M

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted December 9, 2021.


READ WILLIAM SHATNER’S OP-ED ON SLASHFILM: The Future is Worth Fighting For, and Fans Will Lead the Way


BACKGROUND

As a company owned by fans, we work hard to harness the power of our community to make decisions. But as a business operating in an industry that is both extremely competitive and intensely confidential, there are many decisions that require the experience and insight of professional industry insiders. For that, we have our advisory board.

Our board includes dozens of professionals with centuries (literally!) of combined experience in the art and business of entertainment. These are people we call to review deal terms, check references, and make connections. Our advisors are not paid, but they do receive equity in the form of stock options. Their upside is the same as yours (and ours) — the value of Legion M stock.

Today, we’re excited to announce the newest addition to our advisory board, William Shatner.

ARTIST, ENTREPRENEUR, ROCKETMAN

Like Legion M, Bill is an innovator. As Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the original Star Trek series, he played a pivotal role in a cutting edge series with an undeniable cultural impact. The original Star Trek, which featured a Japanese helmsman, a Russian navigator, a Black female communications officer, and a human–Vulcan first officer all working in harmony was groundbreaking in that era of broadcast television. In 1968, Bill and Nichelle Nichols performed what is often cited as the first interracial kiss on broadcast television — just a year after the US Supreme Court struck down laws barring interracial marriages and relationships. 

While everyone knows about the legions of Trekkies and Klingon-speaking-fans that make Star Trek one of the oldest and largest fandoms of all time, many don’t realize that the show — like Legion M — owes its very existence to the fans. Star Trek was initially cancelled at the end of Season 1. It took a letter writing campaign from fans to bring the show back. Without those fans, Bill’s career would have taken a wildly different direction (a fact which might help explain why he’s so excited about Legion M). 

Of course, if you haven't seen Bill on Star Trek (the original series is available now on Amazon Prime), you’ve almost certainly seen him in one of his many other iconic roles ranging from TJ Hooker and Boston Legal to Miss Congeniality. Or maybe you simply know him as “The Priceline Negotiator”.

In addition to 70+ years performing in every medium from radio dramas to virtual reality, Bill also has a prolific body of work behind the camera as a writer/producer/director. He’s co-written a series of science fiction novels and released 8 spoken word albums, including (“Bill”), which was just released just this year to rave reviews.

Oh yeah, and he’s also been to outer space.

TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NONE HAS GONE BEFORE

We initially approached Bill about working on a project (an ICONS interview) with Legion M. Bill had to pass on that (he had other contractual commitments) but when we introduced the idea behind Legion M he was instantly interested. After a career in entertainment, Bill understands the power of fans. And after a successful experience with Priceline, we didn’t need to explain to him how options in a startup work.

Before agreeing to come on board, Bill asked us a lot of tough questions. He asked us about our equity structure, the salaries of the management team, and our financials. He wanted to understand how we were positioning Legion M to potential shareholders. He pointed out that as a public figure, the biggest risk to him was his reputation, and like any responsible investor, he wanted to check us out before getting involved.

So we answered his questions, and sent him our audited SEC filings (the same ones you can read here). In the end we were delighted when he agreed to join the company.

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Bill to the Legion M team. He is officially the first Legion M shareholder in space, as well as the first to helm a Federation starship. 

What excites us most about our relationship with Bill is how organically it developed. He’s not a paid spokesperson — he’s a shareholder of Legion M who genuinely believes in what we’re doing. Upon returning from space, he published an op-ed (which you can read in full at slashfilm.com) that includes this passage:

“...after returning from space, what excites me most about [Legion M] is their mission to UNITE. We live in an age when so many things are pulling us apart. Our politics, our media, and our technology are all optimized to exploit our differences. But when you look down from 300,000 feet, all that falls away. What remains is an appreciation of the word “humankind”, and fierce desire to work towards a future defined by things that bring us together instead of those that tear us apart.

With Star Trek, Gene Rodenberry envisioned a future that showcased the best of humanity. A future in which people of all races, creeds and colors worked together to solve problems and fight existential threats. The Starship Enterprise has always been a metaphor for the planet earth — a delicate habitat travelling through the lifeless black of space. And while I may not be at the helm of this starship, I’m proud to throw in my lot with those working towards the future Gene showed us. A future worth fighting for. A future worth uniting for.

This time, the fans will lead the way.”

Not much more we can say than that. Welcome to the Legion, Bill! You’re going to fit in just fine. :) 

Looking for Something to Watch Tonight? Introducing FILM SCOUT Selects.

29 days ago


Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted October 30, 2021.




INTRODUCING LEGION M's "FILM SCOUT SELECTS" PROGRAM

Legion M is proud to partner with Bleecker Street for the release of Dan Stevens in I’m Your Man, our first Official “Film Scout Selection.''


As a company owned by over 30,000 fans, Legion M is home to some of the most passionate movie buffs on the planet. Not only that, but after 3 years of running a successful FILM SCOUT program at Sundance, we’re also developing one of the foremost ELITE SCOUTING forces in the world. Our “Film Scout Selects” program is an attempt to harness those powers to create competitive advantages for the company.

The goal of the “Film Scout Selects” program is to find and showcase hidden gems. We want to shine a light on movies and shows that deserve to be seen, and help them rise above the noise. In exchange, Legion M earns a small financial stake in the project, along with other strategic perks or benefits. This is a way for Legion M to earn revenue (and foster relationships with artists, distributors, and other partners) by promoting films we believe deserve to be seen. Everybody wins!

The selections are made by our community -- typically by ELITE SCOUTS that have proven themselves as successful arbiters of good taste. Like Legion M, we expect the selections to be extremely diverse in genre and tone. The common thread these projects share is that they come recommended by fans. You may not like all of them (this is art after all, we’re not supposed to agree!), but we hope the Official "Film Scout Selection” badge will lead people to discover some of the beauty that exists off the beaten path.




There’s no better example than our first selection, Dan Stevens' (Downton Abbey, Legion, Beauty and the Beast) I’m Your Man. If you are like most people, you probably don’t spend a lot of time scouring the “German Sci-Fi Romance” category, which means you’ll likely miss this poignant treatise on the nature of relationships and love, featuring incredible performances by Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert. And while we understand if an art house film with subtitles isn’t your thing, our scouts were nearly unanimous in recommending it. As usual, they have exceptionally good taste — the film currently has a 96% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and is the official submission from Germany for this year’s Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Film. 

As always, we encourage you to watch the film for yourself and craft your own opinions. It’s currently available on-demand everywhere, but we encourage you to use the Legion M links below, as our stake in this movie is tied in part to the views that come from these links. If you like the film (or have friends you think would like it!), please feel free to share these links by posting them far and wide:

Watch Now on Amazon

Watch Now on iTunes

As with most things Legion M does, the “Film Scout Selects” program is a prototype. If it flops, we’ll move on to something else. But if the reception is strong, we believe there are a vast number of great projects out there that we can partner with to the benefit of Legion M shareholders and fans of quality cinema around the world!

Onward and Upward,

-Paul, Jeff, and the Legion M Team




That's a Wrap! Principle Photography Completed for THE MAN IN THE WHITE VAN

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted October 27, 2021.


Last week Legion M wrapped principal photography on our feature film The Man In the White Van. This is a pretty big deal, and a significant milestone for the company. We wrote this update to explain why. 


BACKGROUND

The Man In The White Van is an elevated true-crime thriller currently being produced by Legion M:

Set in 1974 in Florida, this true-crime, Hitchcockian thriller about an ominous white van that begins stalking a young girl leads to a terrifying Halloween nightmare.

You can read more about the movie here. It’s not a horror movie, but a smart, taut thriller. And while it deals with a real-life serial killer, it is not a movie that glorifies violence or predators. We take the responsibility of a film with this subject matter seriously, and have an extremely tight and engaging script, as well as a plan to support victim’s rights that we’ll be talking about in a future post.

The movie has an amazing cast which includes Madison Wolfe (The Conjuring 2, I Kill Giants), Sean Astin (Rudy, Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things), Ali Larter (Final Destination, Resident Evil, Legally Blonde), Brec Bassinger (Stargirl, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged) and Skai Jackson (Bunk’d, Jessie). It’s co-written and directed by Warren Skeels (Siesta Key) who also happens to be a first round investor in Legion M! We didn’t produce his movie because he’s an investor -- we’re producing it because he’s an incredibly talented director who wrote a first-rate screenplay -- but nothing makes us happier than working with people like Warren who have been with Legion M from day 1. 


SHOOTING

The film was shot in Shreveport, Louisiana over a 5 week period. Legion M had a number of staff members on set, including Terri Lubaroff (our COO & Head of Content) who served as producer alongside Anne Marie Gillen (Fried Green Tomatoes) from Garrison Film. If you are not familiar with the structure of film crews, the producers (Terri and Anne Marie) are the “big bosses”, responsible for everything from overseeing budgeting and casting to ensuring that production runs smoothly with a cast and crew of almost 100 people.

We could write an entire book about what it was like to produce this particular movie. In addition to all the normal challenges of making a film, we also had to deal with COVID compliance in a region with one of the highest positivity rates in the country (we are happy to report that our shoot was 100% COVID FREE!). We also weathered two named storms (Tropical Storm Nicholas and Hurricane Ida), a gas leak that shut down production, equipment failures, a mosquito bloom, and a cast that included children, horses, and snakes! 

Fortunately, we were graced with a cast and crew that was up to the task. They were amazing (including the children and horses -- the snake was a bit of a diva). A typical production “day” is, at minimum, 12 hours of non-stop, on-the-go, fast-paced filmmaking and problem solving. We put “day” in quotes because, as much of the story takes place at night, ¾’s of the shooting days happened either partially or entirely at night (aka 6pm-6am). When we wrapped on October 16, the team was exhausted to say the least, but excited and optimistic about what we had accomplished.

It’s worth noting that in addition to writer/director Warren Skeels, we also had a number of other Legion M investors on set, including Terri Piñon and Michelle Carter (COVID Compliance), Matt Conkling (PA in charge of picture cars), Taylor Gledhill (behind the scenes footage), Eric Lam (transportation and talent escort), Glen Grefe (assistant location manager), and some local Legion M members as background actors in several scenes. In normal times, we would have loved to have opened up the set to tours for our investors, so they could experience what it’s like on the set of a feature film.  Due to the strict COVID protocols required by the unions (as well as our own commitment to keeping our cast and crew safe), we had to scrap those plans. Fortunately, we brought our very own Taylor Gledhill who captured a massive amount of “Behind the Scenes” footage (including the photos below) that we’ll be releasing in the coming weeks and months, and should give ALL our investors a taste of what it was like behind the scenes making this movie.


WHAT COMES NEXT

Now that shooting is complete, our editor is working to create a first draft “rough assembly” of the film. Ultimately we expect the final cut to be completed in Q1 or early Q2 of 2022, with a release tentatively scheduled for Q4.

We don’t yet know what the final release plan will be. We’re already in discussions with a number of US distributors that have shown interest in the film, and have partnered with XYZ Films for International sales. We may start by taking the movie to film festivals, or we may go directly to release. At this point, everything is on the table – from selling to a streamer to a full theatrical run. A lot will depend on how well the final cut of the movie is received by audiences. That’s the true test -- after all the blood sweat and tears, what matters most is what audiences think when the lights come up. 

 

BUSINESS TERMS

Legion M is producing The Man In The White Van, along with Garrison Film (the financier) and writer/director Warren Skeels. This means that we earn revenue from the project in two ways:

1.     We get paid “producer fees” for our role in producing the movie.

2.     We have a percentage of the “backend”, or any profits the film makes after expenses are deducted.

Like many of our projects, The Man In The White Van is a swing for the fences. Our hope is that the movie becomes a hit, in which case the company will participate in the upside. But even if the movie doesn’t fare well, we’ll earn revenue from the work we did producing it. This is a powerful position to be in, and one that we’ve earned as a result of all our work on projects leading up to this one.

With our earliest projects, Legion M had to buy a seat at the table, by making investments in films. As we grew, we were able to earn a seat at the table, receiving upside in a film simply by attaching ourselves to it. Today, projects like The Man In The White Van allow us to get paid to sit at the table (in the form of producer's fees), while still owning upside in the film. 

As we grow, we expect this trend will continue. The larger the Legion gets, the more influential we become, and the better terms we are able to negotiate. Every project we attach to is a swing for the fences. Take enough swings and we should get hits. Get enough hits (or better yet, franchises), and it can fundamentally change Legion M’s position in the industry, until someday, Legion M owns the table! :)


ONWARD AND UPWARD!

-Jeff, Paul, and the Legion M Team



Gang’s all here! The Williams family, loaded up on the process trailer (a rig that tows a picture car, so that the actors can focus on acting, not driving). Left to right— Ali Larter, Madison Wolfe, Gavin Warren, Brec Bassinger, Sean Astin.




Our hero car on its way to the drive-in movie theater. Fun fact: you can’t actually drive to the set where we shot the drive-in theater scene by taking this roadway. If you were to follow the sign, you would end up in a lake!



Director Warren Skeels (left) and Director of Photography Gareth Paul Cox (right) discuss the camera move for the next shot.


2nd AC (2nd Assistant Camera) Matt Koesy calls the roll. The clapboard is used to sync sound and video, and make it easy for the editor to identify each take.


Ali Larter (left), Brec Bassinger (center), and Madison Wolfe (right) pose for a behind-the-scenes photo.




1st AC Gerard Martin changes lenses.




Shooting exteriors with the picture car outside our main “Williams House” location.


Sometimes you need an extra person to really fill out a scene— So we threw an FBI jacket on our 1st AD (1st Assistant Director) Duane Journey and POOF— he’s in the movie.

Hello StartEngine!

29 days ago

Note: This is a reposting of a Legion M Round 8 update originally posted October 7, 2021.

We just wanted to take a moment to introduce Legion M and our nearly 30,000 shareholders to the StartEngine community. We could not be more excited to be talking to you!

If you are not familiar with Legion M, you should start by knowing two things:

  1. We are ALL IN on equity crowdfunding. In fact, we were one of the very first Regulation CF companies to launch back on May 16, 2016. We believe equity crowdfunding has the potential to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM industries. It's not just a new way to raise money--it's a new way to build an entirely new type of company.

  2. Everything we do revolves around our shareholders. That's because Legion M's shareholders are the source of our superpower. The larger and more engaged our community is, the more powerful we become. Our long-term goal is to unite 1 million fans as shareholders -- a prospect that we believe could make Legion M one of the most influential companies in Hollywood. 

We've been preparing for this StartEngine launch for a few months now, and couldn't be more excited to kick things off. If you've got questions, please post them below in the comments. If you want to know us a little better, you can join Legion M as a free member at legionm.com/join. This will get you access to our MEMBERS ONLY Facebook group, where you can talk to other shareholders and see first-hand what we are all about. 

We've got a lot to talk about in the coming weeks, but we wanted to start by saying hi!

Onward and Upward!

Paul, Jeff, Terri L, David, Mandy, Taylor, Prophetess, Michelle, Eric, Chris, Tyler, Clare, Brandi, Terri P, and the rest of the Legion M team.

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