Former Navy SEALs Launch Hollywood Production Company

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 03:31 PM

By James Hirsen

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Former Delta Force member Dale Comstock of “Stars Earns Stripes” and some former Navy SEALs have partnered with others to form a Hollywood production company with the ultimate goal of presenting film and television projects to major entertainment firms.

Comstock and two former SEALs using pseudonyms founded the company, whose motto is “militainment.”

Comstock was one of the stars of the NBC reality show. One of the SEALs served as a studio consultant for films that have had military intelligence and special operations themes, including the recent Academy Award nominee and tie-winner for Sound Editing “Zero Dark Thirty.”

The new venture is called Zulu 7, a military phrase that refers to a successful mission. The production company is in talks for the adaptation of a story that appeared in Esquire magazine about the SEAL who took down Osama bin Laden, sources say.

The managing partner and CEO of Zulu 7 is Stephan Shelanski, the former Starz head of programming.

Zulu 7's business plan is to move beyond military consultation and partner with Hollywood studios on the next generation of military and intelligence-oriented film and TV projects.

"The timing is right when you consider the success of shows like 'Homeland' and 'The Americans' or 'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty,'" Shelanski told The Hollywood Reporter. "These types of projects are the zeitgeist today, so the concept is to take these ideas and control them ourselves."

Military themes have been prevalent in recently in film and television, with Navy SEALs securing starring roles in "Act of Valor," Relativity Media's 2012 film.

In an unusual move, the Naval Special Warfare Command gave permission for the active-duty SEALs to appear on screen. The movie was originally intended to be a recruitment tool but profited $70 million in the domestic box office.

SEAL applications surged following the success of "Act of Valor."

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