DB/Clearwater Productions (formerly known as Driest Bar Productions) is an American production company based in Los Angeles, California. It also operates as a live-action division of Clearwater Animation.
Their partners include Amblin Partners, Alcon Entertainment and Dimension Films.
Pre-Driest Bar eraEdit
New Earth LabsEdit
New Earth Labs was a production company run and owned by Steve Terrier.
Michael and Edward's Qualified and Twisted Motion PicturesEdit
MEQT Motion Pictures was a production company founded in 2008 by Edward Fowly and Michael Wildshill. Michael Wildshill left in 2016 to focus on his own projects, but the name was still kept in tact.
They also had a division for their animated content, Michael and Edward's Qualified and Twisted Animations, before it was discontinued in 2015, due to Edward losing interest in animation, and the staff being same as their live-action counterpart.
The company was then acquired by Driest Bar Productions, although Edward Fowly was the only staff member to retire from the company at the same time. However, he came out of retirement to become the CEO of DB/Clearwater in 2018.
Driest Bar ProductionsEdit
Joshua Keaton's Twisted Home Movie Factory, Cainimætik Productions, Blue Witch LP (Wicker, Blumenthal and Chandler) and maXihub decided to merge to form the production company for Loner Campfire's second season and onwards, Driest Bar Productions, after most of the co-creators become best friends with each other. It was also named after a bar they would go for writing sessions with Moore and Dinner (also co-founders, though they continue to produce other projects through their own banners) and Khouri. Wicker and Chandler commented on one of the bar's drinks being "really dry", giving inspiration for the name.
During the production of Season 3 of Loner Campfire, Bryan Cranston, David S. Goyer and Jason Blum announced to join Driest Bar, Blum (the latter) of which will join as an "alternate series producer", only producing spin-offs and "blood relative" series in the Loner Campfire universe.
Driest Bar acquired and merged New Earth Labs, Michigan Picture Company and Evans Limited into itself in November 2017. In turn, Driest Bar was acquired by Clearwater Partners II LLC. They're planning on opening a New York studio soon.
They acquired Mount Moriah, Dr. Goor Productions, Hard Eight Pictures, Idiot Box Productions, Mutant Enemy, Room 101, Fremulon/Schur Films, Devilina Productions, Apostle, G. Raff/Chutzpah, Russo Brothers Films and 3 Princesses and a P (formerly 3 Sisters Entertainment), from David Schulner, Dan Goor, James Wong, Scott Gimple, Joss Whedon, Steven Schneider, Michael Schur, Scott Buck, Denis Leary & Jim Serpico, Gideon Raff, Anthony & Joe Russo and James Burrows, respectively. They both continue as labels for the two's solo projects, but the upcoming films will be legally attributed to Clearwater Partners II LLC, as it will hold copyrights and remake, adaptation, franchise and other rights to the whole film library. The people went on to become part of a production team, behind the Loner Campfire universe, codenamed Team Loner.
Along some "young writers" as part of a community-focused program, they hired more writers and producers to Team Loner: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Jeff Pinkner, Zak Penn, Simon Kinberg, Greg Berlanti, Alex Kurtzman, Adam Sztykiel, Bryan Burk, Michael Arndt, Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson, Chris Terrio, Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Gary Whitta, Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Kathleen Fleming, Allison Abbate, Zareh Nalbanidan, Jon Burton, Benjamin Melniker, Micheal E. Uslan, Seanne Winslow, Chris McKenna, Chris Terrio, Michelle Rejwan, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, Jack Thorne, Erik Sommers, Steven Mnuchin, Drew Goddard, Matt Skiena, Bruce Berman, Bob Logan, Paul Fisher, William Wheeler, Tom Wheeler, Jared Stern, John Whittington, Hilary Winston, Gerard Johnstone, Michael Gilio, Anthony Tambakis, Gavin O'Connor, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Shawn Levy, the Duffer brothers, Dan Lin, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Marco Ramirez, Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Michael Connolly and Roy Lee.
The labels Mount Moriah Productions, Dr. Goor Productions, Hard Eight Pictures, Room 101, Idiot Box, 3 Princesses and a P, Russo Brothers Films, Devilina, Apostle and G. Raff/Chutzpah merged into a single entity, now called Magnificent Seven Productions.
In May 2018, they received investment from Lionsgate, Media Rights Capital and Lakeshore Entertainment.
There have been talks with FX Networks, Lionsgate, HBO Entertainment, JoNo Productions and Amblin Partners (through DreamWorks Pictures) to make film adaptations for the Loner Campfire universe. The announcement was received lukewarmly.
- Fremulon/Schur Films
- Mutant Enemy Productions
- A Stern Talking To
- Autonomous labels:
- 21 Laps Entertainment
- RCG Productions
- Kinberg Genre
- Vertigo Entertainment
- Magnificent Seven Productions labels:
- Mount Moriah Productions
- Dr. Goor Productions
- Hard Eight Pictures
- Room 101
- Idiot Box
- 3 Princesses and a P
- Russo Brothers Films
- G. Raff/Chutzpah
- Xenon (TBA)
- Black Christmas (TBA) - Co-production with Dimension Films and Lionsgate
- Untitled Loner Campfire film (TBA) - Co-production with JoNo Productions and FX Networks, distributed by Lionsgate, HBO Films and DreamWorks Pictures.
- Zodie High (2017-present) - Co-production with Lionsgate Television and Amazon Studios
Loner Campfire universeEdit
- Ultra (2017-2019) - Co-production with FXP and FX Networks
- Element (2018-2019) - Co-production with JoNo Productions, HBO and Amblin Television.
In limbo or upcomingEdit
- Loner Campfire (2012; 2014-present) - Co-production with JoNo Productions.
- 9B - Co-production with Universal Cable Productions
More coming soon!