Enda Loughman & Mike Ahern, the writer-directors behind the supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary, which just screened in competition to sold out audiences at the SXSW Film Festival, have signed with 1stAveMachine & The Gotham Group for literary management.
The duo’s feature directorial debut follows Rose, a mostly sweet and mostly lonely small-town driving instructor, who must use her supernatural talent to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rockstar who is using her in a satanic pact that will reignite his fame.
Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte & Claudia O’Doherty make up the cast.
Ahern & Loughman are a comedy writing and directing duo based out of Ireland who have been directing award-winning commercials internationally for years. They are also currently writing an original screenplay for Aardman Animations.
1stAveMachine has a rich history with Ahern and Loughman, also known as D.A.D.D.Y., in commercial production. The duo’s expanded relationship into literary representation is the latest collaboration between The Gotham Group and 1stAveMachine, who last year announced a joint venture to help develop 1stAveMachine’s deep talent pool of directors and creatives into other platforms including film and television, and to use 1stAveMachine’s resources to support Gotham’s clients. 1stAveMachine’s management division is headed by Ross Siegel.
1stAveMachine is a mixed media production company and storytelling outfit. They create video, digital, narrative and experimental content for Film, TV, print, web, and mobile, all with a unified singular vision. They have won numerous awards since their formation, including Gold, Silver, and Bronze Cannes Lions, AICP, One Show, and ANDY awards, and many others. Their work has been featured across the globe and most recently during the Super Bowl.
About The Gotham Group:
The Gotham Group is a multi-faceted management and production company, representing some of the most creative minds in Hollywood. Goldsmith-Vein and The Gotham Group, cited in Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” series, have been producers on such hits as The Maze Runner franchise as well as the Netflix 2018 Kodachrome with Jason Sudeikis, Elisabeth Olsen and Ed Harris, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Gotham is currently in production on the film Stargirl for Disney, based on the 2000 novel by Jerry Spinelli and starring Grace VanderWaal; Wendell & Wild at Netflix in collaboration with Jordan Peele and acclaimed director Henry Selick, The Woman in Cabin 10 at CBS films based on the Ruth Ware book and adapted by Hillary Seitz,and Train Man, starring Julia Roberts as the lawyer defending Darius McCollum, the New Yorker who became notorious for driving subway trains illegally. On the television side, Gotham is currently developing Randi Zuckerberg’s New York Times bestselling book Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Livesas a series, among other projects.