THE TRADITION MISSION
Tradition Pictures is an independent Production company launched in April 2015 with one primary mission: to be a vehicle for stories that desperately need to be told, and that audiences need to experience. We believe that we can help to promote understanding and lead the next generation to a place of greater tolerance by telling true stories of remarkable people in unbelievable circumstances.
With an eye towards the past and a finger on the pulse of the present, Tradition Pictures is poised to rewrite the future of entertainment.
Tradition Pictures, LLC. is represented by Chad Christopher at SMGSB and UTA.
THE TRADITION'S SHOW REEL
Matthew Einstein — Producer/Literary manager
Producer Matthew Einstein, a native of Long Island, New York and a graduate of UCLA’s Ancient Near Eastern History department was Head of Development for Atmosphere Entertainment, run by former Tri-Star and WB Pictures head Mark Canton. At Atmosphere, Matthew oversaw development and production on many large-scale network and studio projects, including WB’s “300: Rise of An Empire,” Lionsgate’s “The Last Witch Hunter” starring Vin Diesel, Michael Caine and Elijah Wood as well as smaller, indie productions such as “Cake” starring Jennifer Aniston, and Sam Worthington and “Mister Church” directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson. Matthew helped with development, production and post-production on seasons 1-2 of the Starz series “Power” with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
In 2015 Matthew launched his own Los Angeles-based production company, Tradition Pictures, which focuses on true stories for features and television.
That same year, he produced, "Trump's America", which won awards at multiple festivals. He currently has projects in development at several studios and financial entities. Recently opening a management arm to the company, Matthew manages Ashley Cahill, Boaz Dvir, Jeremy Anderson, Alexis Evelyn, Jared Battaglia, James Camali and David Weston.Some of the current projects in prep are "Dead Men" and "Silk Road" in the TV realm, and "The Garden", "The Life and Death of Adam Riley" and "The Mental State" in Tradition's feature division. Tradition also has multiple projects in post-production, such as the feature, "First Person" and the documentary, "Cojot".
Tradition holds the rights to an incredible amount of IP, most specifically from pieces of content deriving from Liberty Magazine, in which they are attached as Producers for Film, Television and digital rights.
Represented by UTA and SGSLLP.
Frederic Richter — Director of Development
Frederic Richter has worked on upcoming shows for Showtime, The History Channel and The Investigation Discovery Channel. Frederic has worked as a Story Analyst and consultant for numerous production companies and financiers, including QED International, Black Label Media, Covert Media and The Black List 3.0.
As a writer, his screenplay APPEARANCES, won 1st place in the Slamdance Screenwriting competition. His script, BLIND, co-written with Joe Novoa, is in preproduction with Parallax (Sally Hibbin) producing. Another feature he wrote and is producing, AFPAK, is currently in development with independent producers. Frederic has worked as a writer and producer on a number of other independent feature film projects in development. His AFI thesis film, MACHSOM, was screened at more than 21 film festivals, and won numerous grants and awards. He studied history, film, and literature at Sarah Lawrence College. He was a screenwriting Fellow at The American Film Institute (AFI), where he earned his MFA. He has taught screenwriting, film history and the entertainment industry at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, Mercy College and The Ghetto Film School. He is a Teaching Artist at The Ghetto Film School, an Instructor at NYU SPS, The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence and The International Film Institute. He is on the Alumni Board at Sarah Lawrence College, and the Board of the Hollywood Radio Television Society–Associates N.Y.
Brian Smith — Producer
Brian is an up and coming producer based in Los Angeles, California. He began his career on various productions in and around New York City working many different levels of film production. These experiences provided him with a deep understanding of all the tools necessary to successfully pull a project together.
Having proven himself, Brian began producing on his own with short films, music videos, and commercials which next led to production of his first feature film, Terminal Legacy, in 2011. Since then, Brian has enjoyed a multi-disciplinary career from UPM to AD and has also been running Director Breck Eisner’s production company while developing many different projects alongside him. Brian worked recently on Summit/Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel.
Brian formed Black Tie Cinematics, LLC. He continues to develop and acquire stories to produce utilizing his expertise to pull together all of the intricate pieces needed for a successful production.
Brian HIGHTMAN — Producer
Brian Hightman is an independent filmmaker who has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly a decade. A Chicago native and graduate from the University of Illinois, he moved to Los Angeles in 2007. A writer, producer, and editor, Brian co-produced and co-wrote the independent feature LOOK IN THE MIRROR, which premiered at the IFC Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2014, where it won Best Comedy Feature. The film won several other awards at festivals across the United States. A published author of short stories, Brian has years of experience in storytelling and working with writers to develop their films and television stories for the marketplace. His screenplay BROTHER BILLY was a Nicholl Quarterfinalist in 2014 and won the NY Tribeca-Visionquest screenplay contest, as well as winning or placing in several other contests and being a featured selection at film festivals around the country. This screenplay was also won international recognition as a featured script at the Oaxaca Film Festival in 2015. Brian continues to produce his own independent content, as well as provide production assistance to other independent filmmakers.
RACHEL KAMINSKY — CREATIVE EXECUTIVE/literary manager
Rachel Kaminsky is a native New Yorker and a USC graduate with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Annenberg School. Creator, writer, producer, and on-air personality of the hit ESPN segment "The Buzz with the Queen Bee", Rachel has worked as an independent producer, writer and on-camera talent for numerous projects in the sports world.
Her experience includes producing VR content for a tech non-profit that specialized in historical conversation and preservation, as well as her background in film and television, both in front and behind the camera, including voiceover work.