Brad Kaplan was born and raised in Miami, Florida. In 1995, he landed his first studio position at Warner Brothers based Silver Pictures as Mr. Silver’s assistant, and worked his way up to Production Executive. He worked on the development and production of films such as LETHAL WEAPON 4, CONSPIRACY THEORY, EXECUTIVE DECISION, and THE MATRIX. In October 2001, Mr. Kaplan brought his development and managerial skills together, joining Evolution Entertainment where he was a partner. In his time at Evolution he has honed his talent for finding and developing the careers of up and coming and veteran writers and directors alike. Mr. Kaplan has sold and set up dozens of feature scripts, pitches and television series. Mr. Kaplan Co-Produced the experimental viral feature VLOG for Twisted Pictures (SAW franchise). It was viewed online over 10 million times. Following that, he Executive Produced TENNESSEE with Lee Daniels and starring Mariah Carey, Adam Rothenberg, and Ethan Peck, which was released by Vivendi Universal. Soon after marked the release of LOTTERY TICKET, starring Ice Cube, by Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment, which Mr. Kaplan Co-Produced. Currently, Mr. Kaplan is producing several features. SUBMERGED, which he produced alongside Cassian Elwes which Steven C. Miller directed, was released in 2015 through IFC Midnight. Brad is currently casting GIRLS CAN’T PLAY POOL, which he is producing with Permut Presentations. Mr. Kaplan has partnered with Fortitude International to produce AMSTERDAM with Patrick Monroe directing and is currently casting. Mr. Kaplan recently Executive Produced MR. CHURCH, starring Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson and Natasha McElhone which Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY) directed and Cinelou (CAKE) financed. MR. CHURCH premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival April 2016 and will be released this year. Mr. Kaplan also just packaged SIX as a series for Crackle with Mark Burg (SAW franchise) originating from a proof of concept short film. Additionally he attached director Jonathan Teplitzky (BURNING MAN) to his upcoming film GIRLS CAN’T PLAY POOL. Mr. Kaplan’s next project BEHIND THE GLASS will begin shooting this November with Jason Isaacs, Mira Sorvino, and India Eisley set to star.
Brett Etre began his career in entertainment in New York City where he worked as a research analyst, first for CBS Networks and later for MTV Networks. He transitioned into a film position at MTV Original Movies in Los Angeles where he helped to steer development and production of such titles as WUTHERING HEIGHTS starring Erika Christensen, Mike Vogel and Katherine Heigl and VOLCANO HIGH, a Korean martial arts film dubbed into English featuring some of hip-hops biggest stars including Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast, Snoop Dogg and Method Man.
He left MTV to set up a boutique management company, BE Management in August of 2004 where he developed a roster of directors, writers and producers for film and television. His client’s films have been distributed by Paramount, Lionsgate, Overture and Anchor Bay, among others. Brett has several feature projects with various independent and studio based production companies including Spyglass, Blind Wink, Tapestry Films, Memento Films and Screen Gems and his client’s projects have premiered at film festivals around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca.
In television he currently has writers on the staffs of several network, cable and digital shows and his clients have developed across all platforms including the critically acclaimed FOX sci-fi series, Alcatraz with JJ Abrams.
His first produced film was the feature documentary SLAM PLANET, which premiered at the SXSW film festival and won the Audience Award. His second film, TOWARDS DARKNESS, premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in theaters by Peace Arch Entertainment. The film stared and was Executive Produced by Golden Globe winning actress America Ferrera.
Brett is an avid surfer who loves to travel and holds a degree in History and Philosophy from Fordham University in New York City.