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 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 and brands that can translate across TV, Film, Web, Comics and Video Games.
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.
- Tasha Huo Awarded Blind Script Deal at WB
- Angela Ruhinda sells Iman and Andy to ABC with Whoopi Goldberg producing
- Cognition garners 5 Aggie Reader Awards including Best Adventure Game 2013
- Phoenix Online Studios opens Publishing Division, announces four titles
- The Eel lands Sam Rockwell to star
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Tasha Huo voted onto the Hit List
- 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 selected for 2013 Sundance Time Warner Fellowship
- Aminta Goyel chosen for Nickelodeon Fellowship
- Adam Hann-Byrd enters Warner Brothers Writers' Workshop
- Cannes - Ironclad 2 picked up for distribution
- Chinaka Hodge receives Gerbode and Hewlett Playwright Award
- Chinaka Hodge chosen for Sundance Lab
- The Eel makes it on the Black List
- Misfortune lands on the Hit List
- Sehaj Sethi's My Husband's Corpse included on the Purple List
- Ironclad Acquired by Arc Entertainment
Clients – Page 1Angela Ruhinda is a comedy writer originally from Tanzania. After attending the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K, where she learned how to live on gourmet Heinz noodles and cheap wine while majoring in Philosophy and Film, Angela finally made the big move to Los Angeles after being accepted into the New York Film Academy’s MFA program in L.A. In November 2013, Angela sold her script ‘Iman & Andy’ to ABC with Whoopi Goldberg producing.
Tasha Huo is a world-builder and genre writer as interested in video games, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter as she is in classic literature and ancient history. Tasha’s original TV pilot is being produced by John Rogers (LEVERAGE) and her latest feature is being produced by Kickstart (WANTED). She has been included in Tracking Board's Top 100 Writers on the Verge as well as the Hit List and was just awarded a Blind Script Deal at WB. Tasha is also represented by Gersh.
Aminta Goyel is a survivor of the strict Indian school system where she learned self-loathing and how to use the passive voice for everything. After moving to the states and graduating from Cornell, she then moved to LA and went to USC for film production. Aminta recently completed her time as a fellow in the Nickelodeon Writing Program where she worked in the writers’ room for SANJAY AND CRAIG. Aminta is also represented by Preferred Artists Agency.
Clients – Page 2Adam Hann-Byrd is a writer who got his start in film at a very young age, when he was cast as the title character in Jodie Foster’s directorial debut, LITTLE MAN TATE. He went on to star in JUMANJI, THE ICE STORM and HALLOWEEN H20, among other films. Kicking off his writing career, Adam spent a year as a fellow in the Warner Bros. TV Writers Workshop. Since then he has worked as a Supervising Writer for Hulu’s series, THE MORNING AFTER and as a Writer/Associate Producer for Participant Media’s BRAIN FOOD DAILY. Adam is also represented at Kaplan-Stahler.
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 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 SF Chronicle, PBS, NPR, CNN and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry. Chinaka is also represented by Gersh.
David Levinson is an up and coming dramatic horror/thriller writer with strengths in exploring complex characters and creating frightening set pieces. David’s latest psychological horror-thriller is being produced by Broken Road (xXx).
Clients – Page 3Stephen 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 and Paul Giamatti starring and the upcoming IRONCLAD 2 starring Game of Thrones' Michelle Fairley. Stephen’s latest work is a crime-action film being produced by Electic Pictures (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN). Stephen is also represented by Linda Siefert Management in the UK.
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. Raven is currently re-writing a horror project for Studio Canal and Eric Newman, in partnership with director Jonathan Van Tuelken. THE EEL a crime-thriller he collaborated on with Roberto Bentevegna, was named to the 2012 Black List and currently has Sam Rockwell attached to star. When Raven is not writing screenplays he is hard at work producing 48NYC, a theater festival he co-founded with Idiom Theater’s Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn.
Trent Johnson and Aaron Sexton are screenwriters and life-long archenemies with a focus on writing action-thrillers exploring gritty subcultures and flawed characters. Trent and Aaron's latest project explores the criminal underworld in a script for newly announced financier Imperative.
Clients – Page 4Sehaj 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. Doug is an imaginative world creator embracing sci-fi, horror, fantasy and animation.
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), Wormwood Studios (PRIMORDIA), Alpha Dog Games (WRAITHBORNE), Ska Studios (CHARLIE MURDER), Vince Wesselman (RESONANCE) and SemiFormal Studios (ENSEMBLE ONLINE).
Cousin Pete Productions and Management also works closely with client Phoenix Online Studios in not only expanding their existing IP to Film and TV but also in identifying and securing outside IP to translate into new games.
Phoenix 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 IncGamers Best Adventure Game of 2012 and chosen as Aggie Awards Reader's Choice - Best Adventure Game of 2013 . Phoenix is now working with Jane Jensen, on her highly-anticipated new game Moebius, a metaphysical thriller about repeating patterns in history, as well as the just announced re-make of Activision's Gabriel Knight . Phoenix recently opened a Publishing Division with four games already announced for release in 2014.