Sunday, February 19, 2012
Sarasota based Sanborn Studios core people consists of Kenneth Sanborn, Karinne Behr and her brother, Philippe Martinez. UPDATED as of January 19th, 2012 $1,000,000.00 JUDGMENT filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Philippe Martinez, YELLOW BUTTERFLY PRODUCTIONS INC a Florida corporation, BAUER MARTINEZ ENTERTAINMENT INC a Californian corporation and BAUER MARTINEZ INTERNATIONAL INC a Florida corporation. YELLOW BUTTERFLY PRODUCTIONS (W), INC consisted of Karinne Behr and her brother, Philippe Martinez.
BRADENTON HERALD January 21st, 2011, Sanborn Studios’ key players have rocky bios, some are questioning whether the trio,Kenneth Sanborn, Karinne Behr and her brother Philippe Martinez given their past commercial failures, can deliver on their promises. Despite the siblings’ previous legal and financial troubles, Sanborn said he had no problems hiring Behr to be his studio president and Phillipe Martinez as executive producer of its debut TV show.
SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE December 20th, 2011 Sanborn nixes deal to buy land in Lakewood Ranch. Sanborn Studios has terminated its agreement with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch to buy land in Lakewood Ranch FL.
Sanborn Studios’ key players have rocky bios, Behind Sanborn Studios, Kenneth Sanborn, Karinne Behr and her brother, Philippe Martinez, are multiple bankruptcy filings and huge flops in Hollywood, a string of high-profile lawsuits and one member with a criminal fraud conviction, are you kidding me and Sarasota County gave them $717,000 after Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office “Googled Them” as a background check.
Kenneth Sanborn, the Sanborn studio’s chief executive officer; Behr, the studio’s president; and Martinez, executive producer of “Miami 24/7,” are not the only ones with a vested interest in the outcome. So do Sarasota County taxpayers, whose money, $717,000, has been pledged by local economic development officials to help launch Sanborn Studios.
Philippe Martinez surfaced in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, when he started Ulysse Entertainment, a film sales company. But its demise and an investor lawsuit led to a French court convicting him in absentia of fraud.
Philippe Martinez served six months in a French jail in 1999 after spending 14 months in a U.S. detention center for overstaying his visa, according to the Los Angeles Times and other media reports. It was around that time that his sister, Karinne Behr, became an officer at the newly formed B/M Studios (later renamed Bauer Martinez Studios). But the Tampa Bay area was not far from their minds.
In 2005, Martinez bought the rights to “Crash Bandits” from producers Dale Rosenbloom and Mark Yellen for $250,000, and assembled some A-list talent for it: “Die Hard” director John McTiernan, actor Hayden Christensen of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader fame, and his brother, producer Tove Christensen.
The baby-faced, 300-pound Mr. Martinez, 44, (photo above) moved to Los Angeles in 2005 from London to build his company, Bauer Martinez Distribution, named after his grandfather and father, backed by $200 million from British investors, see JUDGMENT above. Then came the lawsuits.Rosenbloom and Yellen sued Martinez in 2006 in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying he still owed them $115,000. The case later was settled out of court.
The Christensens sued last year, accusing Martinez of fraudulently inducing them into several contracts with three of his companies, then breaking those contracts by not paying the brothers. The Christensens’ suit also claimed Martinez lied when he told them he had secured $250 million to finance, produce and distribute films.
The brothers said that, had they known otherwise, they would not have agreed to appear in and co-produce “Crash Bandits” or give Martinez first-look rights to finance, produce and distribute movies by their production company. The suit claimed Martinez owed the brothers more than $2.6 million but that they agreed to settle for $638,888, which Martinez did not pay.
Kenneth Sanborn and Karinne Behr photo above.
Jeanne Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office, said her office researched Sanborn, Behr and Martinez’s backgrounds using Google, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) and other sources before making an incentive offer. She said she has met Behr but doesn’t recall ever meeting Martinez.
Corcoran said her searches did not turn up a 2008 Entertainment Weekly story that noted Martinez’s fraud conviction and Bauer Martinez Studios having “racked up a $100 million debt.” Links to similar stories by other media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, can be found via a cursory Google search.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com