On October 21, we received this e-mail from Tracey Nichols, the Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland:
"Sir- Sorry for the delay. Actually you write for a blog, which we consider press. Andrea Taylor is our press person and she is copied here."
This was in response to our initial comment that no city officials were answering our queries. We never did hear from Andrea Taylor. Ken Silliman's office eventually did contact us, and here was their request:
"Can you send me 1 e-mail with your questions, as opposed to what you sent me before? Most reporters send a list of questions, we answer, get follow-up questions, etc. Thanks!"
Here is a specific question we submitted for Mr. Silliman, the Mayor's Chief of Staff, and we let him know that his answer would be posted on our blog. As of now, we have heard nothing from Mr. Silliman on this issue. The question? Here it is:
"Larry Meistrich of Nehst Studios continues to mention an alleged $250 million film fund (see the quotes from 10 separate sources below). If this film fund actually exists, then why are public institutions in Cleveland providing financial assistance to Nehst Studios?
If it does NOT exist (and numerous sources have told us that is the case), then why are you allowing this potential business partner, Larry Meistrich, to continue to deceive and mislead his customers and the citizens of Cleveland by promoting a non-existent film fund?"
With an announced film fund of 250 million dollars, Nehst is actively and exclusively casting for its projects on screentest.biz.
We will only accept roles from qualified casting directors, and these must be greenlit, funded projects. Nehst Studios has a major film fund to produce features, television, and web content and is casting exclusively through Screentest.biz.
NEHST STUDIOS’ CEO Larry Meistrich (Producer of Sling Blade, You Can Count on Me, Belly, Croupier, as well as many other films) and his executives have raised a $250 Million film fund and have already made 20 deals through this Pitch program, so get over to PitchNehst.com to sign up.
NEHST Studios will train Toronto area aspiring filmmakers and writers looking for their first big break, and company executives will be on hand seeking new ideas and talent for a $250 Million film fund slate of projects coming up.
Last October, seven months after cofounding Nehst Studios, Meistrich told The Hollywood Reporter that he'd partnered with Lexicon Filmed Entertainment and Machine Made Media to share a privately financed $250 million film fund, and that Nehst was open for business to back films budgeted up to $50 million.
NEHST studio leads a $250M film fund and believes fully in providing more open access to the film industry.
Made possible by a $250 million film fund, NEHST Studios will showcase innovations in technology and distribution throughout the year.
Keys is one of the founders of the dynamic NEHST Studios, and President of the NEHST-Out Distribution Group charged with releasing content from Nehst's recently announced $250 million film fund.
Veteran Hollywood Producer’s Joe Carnahan and Larry Meistrich Offers Opportunity of a Lifetime to Learn the Trade and Pitch Ideas to be produced from a $250 Million Fund
Veteran Hollywood Producer Larry Meistrich Offers Opportunity of a Lifetime to Learn the Trade and Pitch Ideas to be Produced from a $250 Million Fund