James Hoppe is the co-founder of Maker Films Pty Ltd, an Australian film and TV development, finance and production company. Hoppe has over ten years’ experience in raising capital, investment structures, development, packaging, talent deals, production and global sales / distribution for feature film and TV.
In 2014, Hoppe, along with producing partner and co-founder John Finemore, launched US production entity Lost City, Inc. (Maker Films’ US subsidiary). Hoppe negotiated and executed an exclusive producing deal with Oscar nominated producer Mason Novick (Juno) and his company MXN Entertainment.
In June 2018, Hoppe, Finemore and Chris Hemsworth launched Australian production company Thematic Entertainment with Ben Grayson acting as VP of Development & Production.
Hoppe has provided executive producing services for seven feature films of which recent productions include; the indie drama Newness, starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, directed by Drake Doremus and the Netflix original, ARQ, starring Robbie Amell and Rachael Taylor. Newnesspremiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival while ARQ premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Hoppe is currently acting as executive producer on Buffaloed, starring Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer & Jai Courtney and directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), which wrapped production in Toronto in October 2018.
James is hosting a Roundtable with John Finemore focused on Maker Films.
Ready, Steady, Pitch!
Maker Films is seeking pitches for limited and returnable series. Both half hour and hour formats of any genre. Shows can be high end, premium and/or event series of international scope, tackling big ideas in expansive worlds, or focused stories that revolve around idiosyncratic characters in contained worlds that have the capacity to captivate global audiences.
Maker Films is also seeking feature film pitches in the elevated genre space. Unique concepts set in interesting worlds about distinct characters that can play to global audiences. Maker is interested in material that can be produced either locally or internationally and is open to stories set in Australia or overseas.
Australian creative talent has a strong track record of individual success in the US: actors, directors, DOP’s, writers and more. As the opportunities for producers and Australian stories opens up too, successful creatives like Chris Hemsworth (via Thematic Entertainment) and Margot Robbie (via Lucky Chap) are looking to create pathways and alliances for Aussie – […]