The PENN FILM GROUP Team
Partner / Director of Production and Acquisitions
Colin Bates is a producer and head of production and acquisitions at the Penn Film Group – in Pittsburgh. Colin moved to Los Angeles in 1994 from London to expand his varied interests in film and entertainment.
Upon moving to the United States, he purchased a long established company called Video Craftsman, based in the Technicolor building in Hollywood that specialized in film to tape transfers for commercials, documentaries and feature films. Between 1994 and 2001 he expanded the business to multiple locations. Additional to his duties as CEO he also acted as post production and music supervisor on numerous films, working with companies such as: Dreamworks, Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount and Millennium Films. During this period he produced several music videos, short Films, commercials with clients including Rocket Post, Dektor Higgins, 3 Arts Entertainment, Tony Kaye, Giraldi Suarez Productions, Propaganda/PolyGram, Johns Gorman, HSI Production. His first feature film was in 1997 Dilemma and starred, C Thomas Howell and Danny Trejo.
In 2001 he sold his interest in these studios, focusing on production and moved to New York, producing 13 Conversations About One Thing, starring Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Alan Arkin and The Jimmy Show, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, Frank Whaley.
In 2003 he moved to New Orleans, working as a independent consulting producer assisting with physical production, as well as, securing debt and tax credit financing. His most recent films include: The Culling, starring Jeremy Sumpter, Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, Kidnap starring Halle Berry and the wildly original film Comet starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Partner / Director of Development
Kevin Hicks is the Director of Development at Penn Film Group and has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles including producer, manager and executive. He is currently the Head of Development and formerly the Senior Agent of Film and Television with The Talent House, which from its New York and Toronto offices manages actors, writers, directors and producers in Film, TV and Theatre projects around the world.
Kevin is a former V.P. of Business Development for New York – based Soup Kitchen Films. Among their achievements was the film “Carry Me Home,” distributed by MGM and Showtime which won two Emmy Awards and a Humanitus Award nomination. He has acted as a development and finance executive on film production and media finance with Wesley Clover Media, Saga Capital NYC, AIC Animation, as well as American United Entertainment. Kevin spent several years as the VP of Awesometown Entertainment, and was a co-founder of the Muskoka Animation Studio, which most recently produced GET SQUIRRELY with John Williams (SHREK).
In 2002, Kevin founded the Waverley Road Company and produced and directed a series of concerts which raised over $4 million for charities including Sick Kids Hospital, Children’s Wish Foundation, Kids Help Phone and A.L.S. Canada.
Kevin began his career as an original member of Toronto’s Eclectic Theatre Productions. Eclectic’s projects have been nominated for or won more than forty major theatre awards. Kevin is a Past President of Equity Showcase Theatre, Canada’s foremost training centre for Professional Actors, and a Past VP of the highly acclaimed Harold Green Theatre, and a current Director of the Ted Reeve Hockey Association.
Partner / Director of Marketing
Kimberly Loszewski is one of the reasons that Pittsburgh is recognized as the fastest growing and most exciting of any U.S. city today. That’s because Kimberly is a proven entrepreneur who seizes opportunities and creates success. As a founder of both The Savvy Group and Penn Film Group, she is transforming the city with innovative business solutions that are making a significant impact on the Pittsburgh region and the people who live and work here.
Penn Film Group, an independent film company, was inspired by Pittsburgh’s burgeoning film industry. Kimberly wanted to be part of this growth and realized that a niche existed to create a company for independent films. Today, Penn Film Group provides the resources needed to film a major motion picture in Pittsburgh, from company-owned scripts, esteemed A-list actors, state-of-the-art production studios, renowned producers, creative marketing and promotion, and all of the behind-the-scenes talent needed to create the next blockbuster hit.
Kimberly’s first entrepreneurial endeavor was The Savvy Group, an integrated marketing firm that creates strategic campaigns and award – winning results. National consumer brands like XTO Energy (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil), C. Harper Auto Group, Fox’s Pizza, Disney Movies, Triangle Tech Group, Rivers Casino and Marcellus Shale Coalition have trusted Kimberly and her team to develop engaging strategic sales promotions, sports sponsorship programs, digital and traditional advertising campaigns, next level video production, public relations initiatives and more.
Now celebrating its 10th year, The Savvy Group’s success is due in large part to Kimberly’s non – stop energy and dedication to the marketing and film industries, and her clients, who consistently refer other companies to the firm.
Family means everything to Kimberly, which is why her companies provide family sustaining jobs to both experienced professionals looking for challenging projects and young talented individuals seeking exciting experiences early in their careers. In fact, Kimberly is committed to providing rewarding career opportunities and fair pay to eager graduates of the city’s acclaimed universities so they can grow their careers and their families in Pittsburgh, just like her.
Kimberly’s entrepreneurial spirit, leadership qualities, and loyalty to those she engages in business was recognized by Smart Business Pittsburgh who presented her with their Pacesetters Award. It recognizes leaders who are setting the pace for the region through work in their own organizations and their personal commitment to the community as a whole.
Partner / Director of Finance
Willie is a highly experienced director of finance, having worked for over 20 years within several national and regional advertising and marketing firms, with multiple offices across the country.
He has held senior financial roles and positions on the firm’s executive staff, serving in various capacities from senior vice president of treasury and revenue, controller, and chief financial officer. Within his positions, Willie has been responsible for overseeing cash, investments, and asset management, internal controls, financial procedures, and developing information technology systems. He has also worked closely on audit reporting, legal, and regulatory compliance.
Willie’s vision for the company is to establish strong financial relationships and strategies as his operational standard within the independent film industry.
Penn Film Group Services
The Penn Film Group is a motion picture company that specializes in the development, production and marketing of feature films.
The PFG film studio is located in the highly technical Strip District of Pittsburgh, neighbors to Apple, Uber, Google and the like.
Contact The PENN FILM GROUP
2740 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh PA 15222