In February of 2006, veteran producer Wyck Godfrey and former United Talent Agency partner Marty Bowen created their own production company, Temple Hill Entertainment. They secured a deal with New Line Cinema and immediately entered into production on their first film, THE NATIVITY STORY, from director Catherine Hardwicke. The modestly-budgeted Christmas-themed movie went on to gross almost $40 million dollars domestically in December of 2006.
Next, the two went on to produce the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment-financed, romantic comedy, MANAGEMENT, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and went into wide release in May 2009. What followed was nothing short of a pop cultural phenomenon: production of Catherine Hardwicke-directed fantasy love story, TWILIGHT, based on the best-selling series of books by Stephanie Meyer. The film opened on November 21st from Summit Entertainment to a record-breaking $69.6 million opening weekend-and attracted a huge cult following. Bowen and Godfrey released the second film in the TWILIGHT saga, NEW MOON directed by Chris Weitz in November 2009.
Temple Hill Entertainment’s most recent productions are Lasse Hallstrom’s DEAR JOHN, starring Channing Tatum (STEP UP, GI JOE) and Amanda Seyfried (MEAN GIRLS, MAMMA MIA) based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, David Slade’s ECLIPSE, the third film in the TWILIGHT Saga, and EVERYTHING MUST GO starring Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, and Lauren Dern, which sold to Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.