Wonderfilm Media Corporation (TSXV: WNDR) (OTC: WDRFF) main business is the worldwide production of high-quality feature films and episodic television. The Wonderﬁlm team includes Hollywood veterans who have packaged, produced and delivered several profitable recent films, including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Get Out” and “The Hurt Locker.” Having these individuals on the Wonderfilm team demonstrates the company’s proven access to Academy Award-quality films and upside.
Wonderﬁlm maintains a continuing $58 million annual production slate to meet the constant and growing need for content worldwide. The company’s risk-averse production process results in predictable and consistent revenue streams.
Soaring demand for content from streaming providers is fueling industry growth. The global media and entertainment market is expected to grow from $1.9 trillion in 2017 to $2.4 trillion in 2022, a five-year CAGR of 4.4%.
The company recently formed Wonderfilm Global, an international film and television sales and distribution joint venture that is expected to generate significant incremental revenue.
Wonderfilm has strong relationships throughout the entertainment industry, which enables cost-effective production budgets and in-demand content creation.
Management Team with Proven Track Records
Kirk Shaw: Over 240 movies and seven television series to his credit. Headed up Canada’s largest independent film and television production company, attaining $100 million revenue two years straight with 8% EBITDA.
Dan Grodnik: Founded Mass Hysteria Entertainment, a publicly traded company, and became its chairman/CEO. Produced over 50 feature films, including “Bobby,” the 2006 Robert Kennedy biographic film.
Shaun Redick & Yvette Yates: $300 million+ USD total production budgets to date with a combined 175 award wins/355 nominations, including 10 Oscar nominations. In 2017 and 2018, they produced two of the most successful Hollywood films of those years: “Get Out” ($255 million USD gross revenue) and “BlacKkKlansman” ($100 million USD gross revenue). Scheduled to produce two to three films per year for Wonderfilm, with the first release slated for October 2020. Committed to the 4% challenge to give more women and women of color the opportunity to direct.
Jeff Bowler: 2017 Emmy Award-winning producer. Vice president of acquisitions and production for The Exchange, one of the top film sales and finance companies in the world. Bowler is the executive for Wonderfilm Global distribution.
Bret Saxon: Through his company, TMP Inc., Saxon created M&A deals worth over US$750 million across 113 countries. Produced several feature films and made-for-television movies, including Wonderfilm’s 2019 movie “Zombie Tidal Wave” for NBC/Universal’s SYFY.
17-Title Movie Slate — Greenlit
Wonderfilm currently has 17 films greenlit with combined budgets totaling $58 million. Wonderfilm production stars include: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce, Ryan Phillippe and Anne Heche, to name a few.
Some of the company’s most notable greenlit projects include the horror film “Amityville 1974,” slated for theatrical release in October 2020, and the action film “Inside Game” starring Tyrese Gibson, which will be released to theaters in fall 2020.
The company is also actively developing a number of other new IP projects, including a dramatic biographic feature titled “Life and Times of Steve McQueen,” a film adaptation of the bestselling novel “Merchant of Death” and a television series headed by “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” creator Anthony Zuiker.
Potential for Breakout Success
Wonderfilm movies have the potential for millions of dollars in revenue from the kind of breakout success generated by films like “Saw” and “Get Out,” which would propel Wonderfilm and its revenue streams to a new level. Wonderfilm has several potential breakout films in its development/production queue.
Note: Potential breakout films are not factored into company’s revenue projections.
Base Hits and Home Runs
In tandem with its slate of high-profile films, Wonderﬁlm continues to finance, produce and deliver many profitable low-risk, lower-budget films that are base hits. Shaun Redick is a home run hitter, and his upcoming Wonderfilm projects are anticipated to be home run hits for the company, while base hits such as “Zombie Tidal Wave” provide a consistent source of revenue.
Recent Industry Breakout Films Include:
- SAW – $1.2 million budget = $103.9 million in sales
- Pulp Fiction – $8 million budget = $212 million in sales
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding – $5 million budget = $250 million in sales
- Lost in Translation – $4 million budget = $120 million in sales
- Get Out – $4.5 million budget = $255.5 million sales (Shaun Redick)
Note: Revenue from most of Wonderfilm’s current slate will be recorded on the books in 2020 or 2021.
Recent Wonderfilm Releases
- Aug. 17, 2019: Co-produced with NBC/Universal, “Zombie Tidal Wave” premièred on the SYFY channel to strong ratings.
- Aug. 29, 2019: “The Fanatic” starring John Travolta opens in U.S. theaters.
- Sept. 5, 2019: “Tammy’s Always Dying” premiers at Toronto Film Festival.
- Nov. 8, 2019: “Primal” starring Nicolas Cage opens in U.S. theaters.
Wonderfilm Global Distribution
At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Wonderfilm officially launched Wonderfilm Global, a new film, television and media foreign sales/distribution joint venture with 101 Films and Paul McGowan.
Wonderfilm acquired 51% ownership in the joint venture structure and immediately began attaching its own productions to Wonderfilm Global. The joint venture represents a significant opportunity for Wonderfilm, changing how the company does business.
The intention behind Wonderfilm Global is to keep distribution margins in-house that previously went to other companies. Since most Wonderfilm movies are relatively low-risk and easy to sell because they feature desirable cast and genre, third-party distribution companies were previously earning approximately 10%, plus expenses, on Wonderfilm movies without any level of risk. Now, revenue is generated through presales of Wonderﬁlm projects and, at times, third-party films. The average Wonderﬁlm movie is pre-sold for $5million, garnering $500,000 to $750,000 per sale as a commission. These commissions now stay in-house with Wonderﬁlm Global, and the company expects to sell 10 to 12 third-party films between fall 2019 and fall 2020, generating roughly $6 million in commission income.
A further revenue source is generated from theatrical sales through a 50/50 upside split once the minimum sales threshold is met.
Wonderﬁlm Global has offices in Vancouver, Beverly Hills, London, Ireland, Seoul and China.
Wonderfilm Business Model
Wonderfilm productions are structured to begin generating a return to the company as soon as the camera starts rolling.
Return Before a Film is Delivered: Producer fee line items are included in each production budget. These range from $50,000 to $500,000, depending on the total budget, and are paid to Wonderfilm most commonly on the first day of principle photography.
Distribution: Wonderfilm Global charges sales and distribution fees within each production budget to cover its presale costs.
Note: Wonderfilm’s productions are all structured to minimize risk by matching budget to funds available.
Return After a Film is Delivered: Unsold presale territories are countries or territories left off of a film’s presale list, either for strategic reasons or because the broadcaster/distributor is waiting to see the completed film. These outside-the-budget distribution sales become Wonderfilm profit centers.
Sales overages once contracted presale threshold is surpassed.
The company’s film library grows with each new production, adding to future sales revenue. Depending on the agreement, exploitation rights for future worldwide sales return to Wonderfilm four or seven years after delivery. As of October 2019, Wonderfilm’s growing film library comprises 18 titles for future exploitation.
Note: The nature of the film business is that box office revenue lags production up to a couple of years.
$50 Million Wonderfilm Production Fund (WPF):
Wonderfilm is in the process of raising $50 million to establish a Wonderfilm Production Fund (WPF). WPF is designed to consolidate traditional production financing models into a single diversified, asset-backed debt instrument.
The WPF is a highly specialized investment vehicle with noncorrelated market returns normally reserved for institutional banks and specialty lenders, and it would pay 8% interest directly from each Wonderfilm movie or series budget and not from corporate funds. These same interest payments are already added to each production budget, as the company currently closes a separate financing for every film. The WPF would significantly streamline Wonderfilm’s production rate, adding revenue more quickly and broadening the yearly production slate.
For fund investors, the WPF is a dedicated production-financing vehicle designed to offer a risk-moderated approach to investing in film finance. The managed process provides structure and reassurance that are normally experienced only when working with an institutional lender that has a dedicated staff and resources.
All projects being financed are for Wonderfilm productions, with the fund collateral fully secured by receivables, including presale contracts, government incentives, or a guarantee from Wonderfilm for any unsecured amounts as may be permitted.