James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander play separated lovers in Wim Wenders' romance, his most broadly accessible fiction film in ages. .... read more.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Submergence.


James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander star In the globe-trotting romance pic that follows two storylines that become intertwined. On the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman named James Moore (McAvoy) is held captive by jihadist fighters... read more.

'Submergence': Film Review | TIFF 2017

Alicia Vikander-James McAvoy Film 'Submergence' Lands at Samuel Goldwyn Films (Exclusive)

“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is joining Dylan McDermott and Jack Kilmer in the independent drama “Huntsville.”


The project is based on a 2014 Black List script by Anthony Ragnone about a solitary man in a Florida town who develops a questionable relationship with a recently transplanted high school student.... read more.

Speakers at the conference include, chair of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Hamzat Ayodele Subair; CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission;  Yewande Sadiku; founder of Iroko TV, Jason Njoku; Alex Okosi of Viacom International Media Network; Jeff Kalligheri of Waterstone Entertainment and Kene Mkparu of Filnhouse Cinemas.... read more.

Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott Starring in ‘Huntsville’

Osinbajo opens creative industry financing conference in Lagos

Josh Hutcherson and Ben Kingsley will star in the political thriller “Backstabbing for Beginners.”


Danish director Per Fly is helming the film which starts shooting in January.


Hutcherson will play an idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program, who’s thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves. Kingsley will portray his boss, a seasoned diplomat who is the one person that Hutcherson’s character can trust — only to discover that there may be a conspiracy at the highest level .... read more.

At the Toronto Film Festival in early September, the breadth of deep-pocketed financiers was on display, from Garmin heir Ken Kao's $50 million epic Hostiles to Ukraine-born billionaire Len Blavatnik's I, Tonya. .... read more.

Josh Hutcherson, Ben Kingsley Starring in ‘Backstabbing for Beginners’

Indie Film's Financial Paradox: More Backers But Less Box Office

Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson’s low-budget thriller targets the disenfranchised underclass with deadly intent.... read more.

EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Kalligheri and Stephen Bowen’s Waterstone Entertainment are teaming up with Qatar-based Innovation Films to develop and produce film and television projects in Qatar and will kick off with The Greatest Salesman In The World.


The deal is believed to be the first between Hollywood and a Qatari production company and will see Waterstone will open an office in Doha, Qatar. Kalligheri, Bowen and John Darko will produce for Waterstone while Innovation Films head Ahmed Al Baker and his co-head of parent company Innovation Group Mohammad Al Hamadi and Mohammad Al Ibrahim will do so for Innovation Films. .... read more.

'Happy Hunting': Film Review

Waterstone eyes Doha hub in deal with Qatari Innovation Film

‘The Conjuring’s’ John R. Leonetti Is Heading To Darko’s “Nowheresville”

Previously production prexy at Queen Nefertari Productions, Kalligheri partnered with Texas real estate magnate Stephen Bowen last March to launch production and financing company Waterstone.


He packaged and produced its first release, the psychological thriller “The Stare” starring James Franco and Winona Ryder, and set up a multi-project deal with Franco’s company Rabbit Bandini, with the second as-yet-untitled film starting this month. .... read more.

Jeff Kalligheri, CEO, Waterstone Entertainment

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011

John Darko, behind the upcoming adaptation of Zombies Ate My Neighbors, has developed and scripted “Nowheresville,” a new horror/thriller television series, with newcomer Anthony Cincotta.


And it seems like the show is off to a great start seeing that the person responsible for visualizing and framing the scares in recent hits The Conjuring and Insidious Chapter 2 is also behind the project. John R. Leonetti, who is more known for his extensive camera work, will be stepping onto the project as series’ director. It is also known that Darko and Leonetti will share directorial duties for the show’s pilot. .... read more.

James Franco, Winona Ryder Pic 'The Stare' Launches Waterstone Entertainment Label

EXCLUSIVE: James Franco will star with Winona Ryder in The Stare, a Jay Anania-directed film that is the first project funded by Waterstone Entertainment, a new producing/financing company formed by producer Jeff Kalligheri and Texas real estate developer and producer Steve Bowen. .... read more.


Our goal is to develop, produce and finance a slate of high quality feature films and television series that have a

global appeal.




Waterstone Entertainment, which was founded in 2010, is an independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops produces, finances and distributes high quality, entertaining and profitable film, television and digital entertainment projects.


We pride ourselves on working with cutting edge filmmakers, to tell unique stories with global reach. It's also our goal to find and tell stories that are diverse and inclusive of people from many different backgrounds, both in front of, and behind the camera.


Our select projects include, “THE LETTER” a psychological thriller starring Academy Award nominated actors James Franco and Wynona Ryder which was acquired by Lionsgate, "BIG GAME", Altitude Produced Action Adventure, Starring Samuel L Jackson, which was Acquired by Europacorp / Relativity at TIFF 2014 and was the second highest sale at the festival, "BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS" Starring Theo James and Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley with the script written by Daniel Pyne and Directed by Per Fly which was acquired by A24, "HAPPY HUNTING” which was the directorial debut of Louie Gibson and Joe Dietsch and the SCREAMFEST 2016 Best Cinematography winner acquired by Vertical Entertainment/ Netflix, "SUBMERGENCE" Starring Academy Award winning actor Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy scripted by Erin Dignam and directed by multi Academy Award Nominated Director Wim Wenders which premiered opening weekend at TIFF 2017 and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films / Sony  & “JOSIE" Starring Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott, with the 2014 blacklist script written by Anthony Ragnone and Directed by Eric England which was the opening night film and Best Genre Film, Best Actress and Best Screenplay winner at the 2018 Mammoth Film Festival.


Waterstone Television has multiple scripted and unscripted concepts in different phases of development and is overseen by Jeff Kalligheri and Steven Garcia. Steven Garcia is a successful unscripted executive and producer with credits including SHARK TANK (ABC), THE PITCH(AMC), BE THE BOSS(A&E), THE FRINGE(NATGEO), HITCHED OR DITCHED(CW) and many other unscripted series as a Showrunner, Producer/Director, Supervising Producer and/or Senior Field Producer.


Waterstone's development titles are rich and varied with updated titles on our projects page and including the #1 best selling self-help book of all time “THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD” producing with Dave Blanchard, CEO of The Og Group, Inc. and many more.


Waterstone also formed a ground breaking partnership with N.A.S.A, JPL and SciArt Exchange to help raise their profile and awareness for current and future projects in Hollywood. Waterstone was one of the title sponsors for the humans in space art challenge in which the winning film was shot up to space and premiered on the International Space station. This was believed to be the first official movie premier in space.


Waterstone Entertainment is represented by the Gersh agency.


Production Development Finance

We not only develop in house but have the ability to fully produce and finance both TV and Film projects of any size that we see fit.



We aim to acquire 3-5 feature films per year to distribute Theatrically, TV, VOD, DVD and DIGITALLY via existing output deals already in place.


We also consult with local and foreign governments as well as private companies in all area’s of the Entertainment Industry to increase Entertainment based revenues or activate entertainment based initiatives.


Every good film or television project starts with a great script. We work with select talented writers from development through financing, production and sale of their project. With the ability to finance and produce projects in house for our clients, we have a unique edge that is hard to compete with in the industry.







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