Evolution Entertainment

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Evolution Entertainment
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1998
Founder Mark Burg
Oren Koules
Gregg Hoffman
Key people
Oren Koules (President 1999–2011)
Michael Menchel (President 2011–present)
Products Motion pictures, television programs, entertainment management
Parent Independent
Subsidiaries Twisted Pictures
Evolution Independent

Evolution Entertainment is an American independent entertainment management and film production company. The company was founded in 1998 by Mark Burg and Oren Koules[1] and is best known for producing the Saw franchise.


Gregg Hoffman joined the company in 2003 as Head of Production.[2] The box office success of the horror film Saw led to a distribution deal with Lionsgate and the formation of Twisted Pictures.[1] Hoffman unexpectedly died on December 4, 2005.[3]

In August 2005, the lead actor in Saw, Cary Elwes, filed a lawsuit against Evolution Entertainment, who were his managers at the time, stating he was promised a minimum of one percent of the producers' net profits of the film and did not receive the full amount.[4] The case eventually was settled out of court and in 2010, Elwes reprised his role in Saw 3D.

In June 2011, after twelve years, Koules departed from the company; Burg purchased his 50% of the company.[5] Burg chose CAA agent-turned-producer Michael Menchel as the new president.

The company's clients include Charlie Sheen and at one time Shawnee Smith and Danny Glover.[5][6][7]



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  2. ^ "Saw II Production Notes" (1.40MB .DOC file). Lionsgate. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Newman, Kim (December 15, 2005). "Obituary: Gregg Hoffman". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Peter (20 August 2005). "Not everyone happy with their cut from Saw". The Age. AAP. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (June 23, 2011). "Evolution's Mark Burg Cashes Out Oren Koules, Names Mike Menchel President". Deadline.com. Mail.com Media. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ McAuley, Jordan (December 1, 2005). The Celebrity Black Book 2006: Over 55,000 Accurate Celebrity Addresses. Mega Niche Media. p. 643. ISBN 0-9707095-7-9. 
  7. ^ Condit, Jon (December 2, 2004). "Glover, Danny & Smith, Shawnee (Saw)". DreadCentral. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 

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