Bullets strike deal with Hollywood heavyweights

Hollywood has come to the Brisbane Bullets, with billionaire movie producer Basil Iwanyk among a consortium who have bought into the NBL club.

Iwanyk is founder of Thunder Road Films, a company whose movies have made more than $3.5 billion worldwide.

Iwanyk has produced the John Wick franchise, the Sicario franchise, A Star is Born, Wind River, Greenland, and The Town.

The incoming consortium also includes entertainment entrepreneur and studio executive Joe Drake, Film at Hasbro’s president Nick Meyer, former Sony Pictures president and co-founder Peter Schlessel, and video game developer and co-founder of the game studio Campo Santo

Sean Vanaman.

Former NBA star Kevin Martin, the Bullets’ managing partner and majority owner, said: “We have assembled some of the most prominent people in the entertainment business from over in Hollywood and they’re well aware of the opportunities that present themselves by being invested in the sports and entertainment industry in Australia.

Bullets majority owner Kevin Martin is adding to the club’s investors. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“The connections and ability they have to do business both at home and in Australia is seen as a real positive for them and it’s something they are excited to be a part of.

“The entire group can only see the up side in being a part of the Bullets organisation and I look forward to working with them and the management team in the future.”

A consortium spokesman said basketball was a “passion for all of us, so we jumped at the opportunity to invest in the Brisbane Bullets”.

“We have been incredibly impressed by the strategy and ambition of the Bullets’ management and are excited about helping our team become a powerhouse in the NBL,” the spokesman said.

Bullets CEO Peter McLennan said the addition of the new consortium “solidifies the quality and well credentialed individuals that Kevin is putting together”.

“To be able to have direct links to this leading group of Hollywood executives will only benefit the club,” McLennan said.

“I’m extremely excited to work with them and to leverage their knowledge, expertise and contacts to assist with the continued growth and profile of the Bullets.”

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