TSUNAMI ENTERTAINMENT Ups Susan Wichmann To President of Production

Beverly Hills, CA/Nov. 7, 2000 – TSUNAMI ENTERTAINMENT, Ken Nakamura and Mark Burman’s independent motion picture production/distribution company, has promoted Susan Wichmann to of President of Production. 

Wichmann, formerly Tsunami’s vice president of development and acquisitions, also oversaw the development of the final script for “Wrong Number,” a thriller starring Eric Roberts, which wrapped principal photography last month. 

In her new position, Wichmann will now oversee all aspects of Tsunami’s feature film department and its twelve feature films in various states of development and production. She will be responsible for overseeing production, packaging, producing, marketing, sales and distribution and delivery. 

“Susan has never failed to deliver on a project, and has been integral in getting this company, and our slate, off the ground,” said Mark Burman, President of Tsunami Entertainment. “Her tenaciousness, creative abilities, and business intelligence is second to no executive I have ever worked with, and is demonstrated by her exemplary work on ‘The Spreading Ground’ and ‘Wrong Number.’” 

Before joining Tsunami two and a half years ago, Wichmann was a development executive at Joseph Singer Entertainment, where she presided over the development of such box-office champs as “Courage Under Fire” and “Daylight.” 

“I’m excited to take on the new challenges and opportunities this position will demand,” Wichmann said. “I’ve worked extremely hard since arriving in Hollywood six years ago. My abilities to predict trends and understand the youth market, as well as my ability to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, have allowed me to develop projects like ‘The Spreading Ground.’” 

Next up for Tsunami is a 1970’s-style thriller, “Amnesia” which is also the feature fiction film directorial debut of former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star, Jason Priestley. Also, in the works is an action-thriller starring Andy Garcia. 

Tsunami Entertainment was founded in 1999 Ken Nakamura and Mark Burman. The company received top nods for “The Spreading Ground” starring Dennis Hopper, which bowed last year. The company has since expanded with separate feature film and straight-to-video divisions at its corporate headquarters in Toronto and a satellite office in Beverly Hills. The Indie also runs foreign sales and financing in-house, and O&Os a Toronto-based post-production facility. Tsunami is readying its 2001 production slate, to be announced in January. Tsunami is readying its 2001 production slate, to be announced in January.