Cole Payne

Managing Partner/Producer
Traverse Media
This session is with the head of the company! Cole has produced Sundance darlings, indies and streaming projects!
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Pitch Tips

Be able to get the pitch out in 5 mins tops, I'll ask questions after the initial pitch and details can be fleshed out then.

About Your Host

After attending Missouri State University with a business major in Entertainment Management, Cole Payne moved to Los Angeles from Russellville, Missouri in August 2003 at the age of 21 and shortly after started working at a talent management company. Being in the business less than 3 years he started production on his first feature film in 2006. The film is called THE IRON MAN with a great ensemble cast starring Nathan Bexton (Go). Payne went on to do DOWNLOADING NANCY with Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Jason Patric (Narc), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy). The film was an official selection to compete for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive a nomination for the 2010 Spirit Awards. Payne partnered in Berlin based finance and production company Instinctive Film to expand the company into North America. While with Instinctive Payne was instrumental in the financing of several films, and produced ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY, which played at several high-end genre festivals, IFC gave the film a North American theatrical release. Payne launched his own film production and talent management company Traverse Media in 2013. At Traverse Payne produced CAVEMEN starring Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Camilla Belle (Push), Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax), Kenny Wormald (Footloose “2011”), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), and Alexis Knapp (Project X), PARTS PER BILLION with Teresa Palmer (I Am Number 4), Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), and Penn Badgley (Margin Call), CASUAL ENCOUNTERS, ANTIBIRTH starring Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black) and Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) played the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and OFFICER DOWNE based on the graphic novel of the same name with Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy) in the title role will premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival amongst several other films. Payne also produced the first Facebook Live movie ever for Crypt TV, it was titled STREAM and most recently he produced the supernatural thriller BECOMING staring Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla), Penelope Mitchell (Hellboy 2019) and Jason Patric.


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