Thanks for the compliments and the invitation to post my information
as an answer to your question. In order to make the answer
"official," I will simply repost the substantive portion of my earlier
posts and give you some idea of how I went about finding the
Although Hollywood business relationships are impenetrable to the
outside world, I propose that you start by using the following contact
information to try to get in touch with Franchise Pictures, the
company that appears to have the right to call itself the producer of
"The Wendell Blake Story":
FRANCHISE PICTURES LLC
8228 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046 U.S.A
That contact information comes from this website (and is also
available elsewhere online):
Done Deal: Independent Production Companies
Franchise Pictures is by far the entity most cited as the production
company ofr "The Wendell Blake Story." The problem (maybe) is that
online evidence that the company filed for bankruptcy in the August
Los Angeles Business Journal:Bankruptcies (about 1/4 down the page)
Here, for your background, is information about Franchise Pictures and
its central character Elie Samaha:
Lebanese Lobby: Elie Samaha
As for the individuals who are given production credit, the most
prominently mentioned are Luke Wilson, John Bushell and Mark Johnson.
Luke Wilson is an actor/director who may be especially hard to reach
directly, and I have so far been unable to find current direct contact
information for John Bushell. However, recent contact information for
Mark Johnson is provided on a website that purports to be a
comprehensive and updated list of production companies:
Gran Via Productions (Mark Johnson)
9350 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Script Sales: Done Deal Production Companies
I used many and various Google searches to zero in on this elusive information.
I first made conventional "yellow pages" and other searches trying to
place a company called "Wendell Productions" in Austin, TX. These
searches were unsuccessful. Your posting of the address was a
critical clue, since a Google search using variations on the address
led directly to the Austin Film Society and the interesting reference
to a film produced there called "The Wendell Baker Story."
Then, the following Google search led to a single connection between
the two "Wendells" in the resume of a minor actress:
"wendell productions" "wendell baker story"
When you confirmed that you were interested in that film, the rest of
the research time went into nailing down the names of those people and
companies involved in its production and finally, locating contact
information. This part sounds straightforward, but film production
credits seem to vary with the source consulted, and the names of
production companies associated with individual producers can change
I hope and expect that the information you now have on "The Wendell
Baker Story" serve your purposes. If any of the information is
unclear or needs to be further supplemented, please ask for
clarification before rating the answer.
As for directing questions to me, I would be happy to take a first
look at other questions you might have. You can simply put something
like "For Markj-ga Only" in the subject line of the question.