T42 ENTERTAINMENT was founded by Todd Shotz and Tim Kirkman in 2016 after their collaboration as producers on LAZY EYE, a feature film written and directed by Kirkman, which had a limited theatrical run in November 2017 after screening at festivals around the globe (including Frameline and Outfest), and was honored with the Audience Award at both the N.C. LGBT Film Festival and the Louisville LGBT Film Festival. Based in Los Angeles, T42 Entertainment’s mission is to develop, produce, and consult on an array of projects across media platforms, including feature films, television, web series, and branded content. They are serving as the production arm for Tony Award-winning actor Joanna Gleason's directorial debut, THE GROTTO, from a script she wrote. They are also developing HERMAN & HAWTHORNE, a feature film written by Jay Parini and Samantha Silva.
Todd Shotz is also the Executive Producer of the documentary feature ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE (2017 Slamdance). For several years, he was the VP of Development for Cheyenne Enterprises, Bruce Willis & Arnold Rifkin’s production company, where he worked on such films as LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, SIN CITY, SIXTEEN BLOCKS and TIMBER FALLS. He was also the Executive Producer of the indie low-budget comedy film GHOST TEAM ONE, released theatrically by Film Arcade/Paramount Pictures. Before his career in film, Shotz spent many years working on Broadway in company management of such stage shows as the Tony-winning revivals of KISS ME, KATE and Tom Stoppard’s THE REAL THING. He is a recipient of the Human Rights Campaign E-Hero Award for his activism through media.
Tim Kirkman received Emmy, GLAAD, Gotham and Independent Spirit nominations for his directorial debut DEAR JESSE, named Best Documentary of the Year by the Boston Society of Film Critics. After a theatrical run, DEAR JESSE aired on HBO/Cinemax’s REEL LIFE series. He wrote and directed the Sundance hit, LOGGERHEADS, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest and distributed by Strand Releasing. In addition to LAZY EYE, he also directed the feature films THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME and 2ND SERVE. He has several projects in development, including MR. FIX-IT, a feature film about LBJ’s Chief of Staff, which he wrote and will direct. For more than ten years, Tim was an art director in the marketing and advertising department of Miramax Films in New York City where he designed posters, print ads, and Academy Awards campaigns for such acclaimed films as Shakespeare in Love, The Piano, The Cider House Rules, Life is Beautiful, The English Patient, Cold Mountain, Chicago, Pulp Fiction, Passion Fish, Chocolat, Good Will Hunting, In the Bedroom and Bullets Over Broadway. Currently, he is on the faculties of both USC’s School for Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and the Vermont College of Fine Arts.