Andrew Stevens, President/CEO of Stevens Entertainment Group, has produced and arranged the financing for one hundred and seventy-five films through his various motion picture companies. In addition to being a prolific producer and film executive, Stevens is an accomplished screenwriter, director, author, and in the 70’s and 80’s was a successful, Golden Globe nominated actor.
Stevens Entertainment Group (SEG), has been active since January 2003 and has since developed, produced and/or arranged the financing for more than thirty motion pictures, including action films such as: Four films with Wesley Snipes, including 7 Seconds and The Marksman, six films with Steven Seagal, including Black Dawn: The Foreigner 2 and Shadow Man, two films with Jean Claude Van Damme, Hard Corps and Second in Command, Missionary Man with Dolph Lundgren, Half Past Dead 2 with WWE star, Bill “Goldberg”, Walking Tall: Lone Justice and Walking Tall: The Payback, both with Kevin Sorbo, Pursued with Christian Slater. Through SEG, Stevens produced Blessed starring Heather Graham, Method, starring Elizabeth Hurley, Silent Partner, starring Tara Reid, several films for the SyFy channel, including: Mandrake, Mongolian Death Worms, Fire From Below and Blood Suckers, family films such as Abner the Invisible Dog, Tommy and the Cool Mule, and the faith-based film, Breaking the Press.
Until 2003, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Franchise Pictures, an independent film production and distribution company with a domestic theatrical output deal with Warner Bros. through which Stevens produced or executive produced and provided financing for more than 60 feature films including the enormously successful The Whole Nine Yards, and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards, both starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry, The In-Laws, starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, Angel Eyes starring Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel, City by the Sea starring Robert De Niro, The Pledge starring Jack Nicholson, 3000 Miles to Graceland, starring Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell, Half Past Dead starring Steven Seagal.
Stevens was also responsible for creating Franchise Classics, a division through which he produced many films which appeared in such major film festivals as Cannes, Sundance Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival including The Big Kahuna, starring Kevin Spacey, Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, starring Cameron Diaz and Glenn Close, Green Dragon, starring Forest Whitaker and Patrick Swayze, and The Caveman’s Valentine, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Concurrent with the formation of Franchise, Stevens co-founded and served as president of a sister company, Phoenician Entertainment which produced such films as The Third Miracle, starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche, Entropy, starring Stephen Dorff and U2, Woman Wanted, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Holly Hunter, and many genre action/adventure films.
In the 1990’s, Stevens founded Royal Oaks Entertainment, through which he produced and financed fifty-six movies, including many for HBO, SHOWTIME and other cable networks, such as Crash Dive and The White Raven.
Stevens served for ten years on the board of directors of the International Film and Television Alliance (the former American Film Marketing Association), and served as Chairman of the Independent Producers Association (IPA), which is, among other things, active in collective bargaining for independent producers and film companies. Through 1992, Stevens was a successful award-winning actor, including a Golden Globe nomination and the Star of Tomorrow award from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) starring in over 80 feature films and/or television series. He is an educator, public speaker and author of the books Foolproof Filmmaking (Prospecta Press), Producing for Profit: A Practical Guide to Producing Studio and Independent Films and Screenwriting for Profit (both Taylor & Francis Focal Press/Routledge – American Film Market Presents series).