Hey. I’m Cousin Pete. Nice to meet you!
Pete Letz founded Cousin Pete Productions and Management in January 2012 as a platform to manage clients and produce projects in high-quality, character-driven ‘genre’ fare – Action, Thriller, Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi – with a particular emphasis on material that appeals to a global market, is flexible enough to be done either inside or outside the studio system, and allows for a transmedia approach, building expansive worlds that can translate across TV, Film, Web, Comics and Video Games.
Pete Letz Bio
Before forming Cousin Pete Productions and Management, Pete Letz was a development executive for director Steve Carr (PAUL BLART: MALL COP, DADDY DAY CARE) packaging and developing comedy projects in Film and TV. Prior to his work with Steve, Pete cut his teeth at RKO Pictures where he assisted in the creation of a horror-thriller slate of both original projects and those based on the historic RKO library. Pete received his Bachelor’s Degree in Film from Wesleyan University.
Current ProjectsCousin Pete Productions and Management and its clients currently have projects with such producers as Atlas Entertainment (THE DARK KNIGHT, MAN OF STEEL), Disruption Entertainment (PACIFIC RIM, GODZILLA), Broken Road (xXx, PAUL BLART), Eclectic Pictures (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, LOVELACE), Kickstart Entertainment (WANTED) and John Rogers (TRANSFORMERS, LEVERAGE) among others.
Video GamesCousin Pete Productions and Management seeks to expand the work of visionary indie videogame designers to Film and TV, including those of Night Light Interactive (WHISPERING WILLOWS), Rem Michalski (THE CAT LADY), Vince Wesselman (RESONANCE), Phoenix Online Studios (COGNITION), Wormwood Studios (PRIMORDIA), Alpha Dog Games (WRAITHBORNE), Ska Studios (CHARLIE MURDER) and SemiFormal Studios (ENSEMBLE ONLINE).
Clients – Page 1Stephen McDool is a UK-based action writer whose produced work includes the horror-action movie MINOTAUR with Tom Hardy starring, the historical epic IRONCLAD with James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti and Kate Mara starring and the upcoming IRONCLAD 2, starring Game of Thrones' Michelle Fairley and recently picked up for distribution in Cannes. Stephen’s latest work, the dramatic action-thriller THE ENFORCER is being produced by Eclectic Pictures (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, LOVELACE).
Chinaka Hodge is a published poet and produced playwright, with such work including her critically acclaimed play MIRRORS IN EVERY CORNER and book of poems FOR GIRLS WITH HIPS. She is also a 2012 CBS Diversity Fellow, a 2013 Sundance Lab participant and this year's only Sundance - Time Warner Fellow in the Feature Film Program. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, PBS, NPR, CNN and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.
Raven Burnett got his start as a playwright at the legendary Idiom Theater in the Pacific Northwest before moving on to complete his MFA in screenwriting at Columbia University. Since graduating, THE EEL a crime-thriller he collaborated on with Roberto Bentevegna, was named to the 2012 Black List and his latest project, an animated family comedy, is being shepherded by an experienced studio producer.
Clients – Page 2David Levinson is an up and coming dramatic horror/thriller writer with strengths in exploring complex characters and creating frightening set pieces. David’s psychological horror-thriller is being produced by Atlas Entertainment (THE DARK KNIGHT) and he is developing his next dark thriller with Broken Road (xXx). David received a bachelors degree in Journalism from Northeastern University and since moving to Los Angeles has worked in editorial for feature films such as This Is 40 and The Heat.
Tasha Huo is a genre writer and world-builder, as interested in video games, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter as she is in classic literature and ancient history. After an MFA in screenwriting, degrees in history and literature, and a year at Oxford University, Tasha went on to have her first script make the Nicholls Fellowship Top 30. Currently, Tasha’s original TV pilot is being produced by prolific writer/producer John Rogers (TRANSFORMERS, LEVERAGE) and her latest feature is being produced by Kickstart Entertainment (WANTED). Most recently, she was included in Tracking Board's Top 100 Writers on the Verge and was a Finalist for the Black List Writers Lab.
Trent Johnson and Aaron Sexton are screenwriters and life-long archenemies. With a focus on action-thrillers, Trent and Aaron have explored West Virginia coal country (THE VEIN), military survivors of the post-apocalypse (WHISKEY HOTEL), and most recently, the criminal underworld in a new project for Blacklight Transmedia.
Clients – Page 3Sehaj Sethi is a current student in the NYU – Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. Her first feature script, My Husband’s Corpse, placed on NYU’s 2012 Purple List as one of the most promising feature scripts emerging from the Graduate Film Program.
Doug Bensimon graduated from Wesleyan University’s College of Film in 2012 with High Honors and as a recipient of the Akiva Goldsman Prize for Screenwriting. Since graduating, Doug has joined Disney Channel as an assistant to the Vice President of Current Animated Series.
Phoenix Online Studios first came onto the indie scene with The Silver Lining, one of the most ambitious fan projects ever made, inspired by the classic King’s Quest series by Sierra. Since then, they have developed and released Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, named the Best Adventure Game of 2012 by IncGamers. A thrilling story-driven adventure game, Cognition has been praised for its intense plot, clever puzzles, beautiful graphic novel style established by comics artist Romano Molenaar, award-winning soundtrack, and award-nominated writing, character, concept, graphic design and voice acting. Phoenix is now working with Jane Jensen, one of the most-loved adventure game designers in the genre's history, on her highly-anticipated new game Moebius, a metaphysical global thriller about repeating patterns in history, and the just announced re-make of Gabriel Knight as well. Phoenix has also recently published the English release of Face Noir by Mad Orange, a classic noir story inspired by Raymond Chandler.
- Phoenix Online Studios to re-make classic adventure game Gabriel Knight
- Tasha Huo on Tracking Board's 2013 Young and Hungry Top 100 Writers List
- Chinaka Hodge Kills Hipsters in George Watsky's new Music Video
- Chinaka Hodge, 700th & Int'l selected for 2013 Sundance Time Warner Fellowship
- Cognition named Best Adventure Game of 2012 by IncGamers
- Cannes - Ironclad 2 picked up for distribution
- Chinaka Hodge receives Gerbode and Hewlett Playwright Award
- 700th & Int'l chosen for Sundance Lab
- The Eel makes it on the Black List
- Misfortune lands on the Hit List
- Ironclad 2: Battle for Blood Announcement
- Sehaj Sethi's My Husband's Corpse included on the Purple List
- Mirrors in Every Corner - Review
- Ironclad Acquired by Arc Entertainment