Ken Franchi Producer
Ken Franchi cut his teeth working with major production companies and studios including Paramount Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Tribeca Productions, Jersey Films, Apostle Pictures, The Howard Stern Show, and Hurricane Entertainment.
In 2004, Franchi founded Mount Vernon Entertainment, a premier music video, commercial, and branded content production company.
The company has produced music videos for: Band of Horses, Rise Against, Iyaz, Colbie Caillat, Five for Fighting, Imogen Heap, Remy Zero, Rachael Yamagata, and The 88, among others.
Additionally, Franchi and Mount Vernon produced memorable commercials for national brands like Autonation, Carfax, hh gregg, Florida Blue, Pepboys, Friendly’s, The Scooter Store, Ashley Home Stores, Party City, and Bruce Springsteen.
Franchi also has an innate grasp on producing content for the Web; his experience there includes work with Atom Films, College Humor, Comedy Central, Starz Entertainment, and Funny or Die.
Franchi earned his degree from Emerson College. It was while at Emerson that he met Todd and the two forged their working relationship. In 2010, Franchi and Strauss-Schulson decided to use the ulterior banner for all feature film and television productions.
Franchi is a native of New York, but now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Hillary.
Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer/Director
Ever since his grandfather gave him a video camera for his Bar Mitzvah (after years of relentless pestering), Todd Strauss-Schulson has been a one-man movie-making machine – directing, writing, shooting and editing all of his own work.
Born and raised in Queens, he attended Emerson College; where he won numerous awards, including Panavision’s prestigious New Filmmakers prize. Upon graduating, Todd moved to Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before he was helming high-concept music videos for major label artists. His music video work led to a 6-month stint in China and Thailand, where he wrote and directed MTV Whatever Things, a more stylish version of Jackass with an all-western cast. It became the most popular show on MTV Asia with an international audience of over 250 Million.
Back in the States, Todd has directed short films and TV shows with comic greats like Stephen Colbert, Amy Schumer, Seth Macfarlane, Jeffery Tambor, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, The Onion, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Devine, Eric Andre, Laura Silverman, Natasha Leggero and Damon Wayans. Todd’s personal project Mano-A-Mano was a selection of the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. In 2009, SXSW invited Todd back to premiere his new short film Big Pussy, which was subsequently selected to screen at the world famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
At 29 years old, Todd teamed with New Line Cinema and Mandate Pictures to spearhead his first feature film, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. The film – which was released by Warner Brothers in 2011 in stereoscopic 3D (the first stoner movie ever shot in 3D and the first Christmas movie ever shot in 3D and arguably the first comedy ever shot in 3D and this is the longest sentence to ever use the term 3D this many times) – boasts an all-star comedic cast including Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris. His sophomore effort, The Final Girls for Sony Pictures and Groundswell Productions, had its world premiere on Friday the 13th at SXSW’s opening night. It won the Audience Award at the Stanley Film Festival, was a Gala Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and was the closing night film at the 2015 Midnight Madness series at the Toronto Film Festival. In the years since, it has amassed cult status—counting Stephen King, Sam Raimi, and Quentin Tarantino as vocal fans.
Todd is currently directing the feature film Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Pryanka Chopra for Warner Brothers, as well as developing a number of other feature films.