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Jay Self and Local Management Team for Medient Studios Announced

Category: Statesboro / Effingham Area News

Nov. 21, 2013 – Savannah’s loss appears to be Effingham County’s gain. Medient Studios, Inc. has confirmed that Jay Self, the 18-year director of the Savannah Film Office, has been named corporate affairs director for the company.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Medient’s CEO Manu Kumaran at a meeting of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority.

The company is now raising as much as $400 million to build a $90 million movie studio and entertainment complex on 1,550 acres in Effingham County.

Self said he is very excited about the future Medient brings to Effingham and the state.

“I believe in the vision that Manu and his team have brought to our community,” Self said. “I’ve seen many of these visions come and go in the area. A lot of them had passion, a lot of them had innovative ideas, but none of them had everything. These guys have what it takes.”

Kumaran also introduced other members of the company’s team that will work in Effingham on the new project, and have moved to the area.

Introduced were Megan Murphy, vice president of operations; Victoria Foster, vice president of content development; Julio Saldarriaga, vice president of technology; and Richard Leibowitz, president of Trans-Media.

Medient Studios, Inc. (OTCQB: MDNT) is an entertainment content creation company with a presence in North America, Europe and India. Medient's management team has approximately 150 years of experience in the motion picture industry and is responsible for producing and/or financing more than 250 movies.

The company has announced that it is realigning the content creation process to enable efficiencies of scale and eliminate process waste by building a fully integrated movie and game production facility and campus on a 1550 acre property in Effingham county.

Once operational, the production facility will be the largest of its kind in the U.S.

Medient has produced a broad spectrum of films across various genres including such films as Bombay Boys, a genre-defining Indie film that carried Indian cinema beyond the “song and dance” routine of Bollywood, and the award-winning Malayalam film Aakshagopuram, which bought together talent from India and the UK and set a new benchmark in East - West collaboration.  

Storage 24, a British horror film starring BAFTA award winner Noel Clarke was produced by Medient and released in 2012 by Universal Pictures.

Medient's latest film, Yellow, is directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) and premiered to rave reviews and audience acclaim at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”).

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