QED International

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QED International
Industry Film
Founded 2002
Founder Bill Block
Headquarters United States of America
Key people
John Friedberg (President)
Paul Hanson
Products Motion picture
Website [1]

QED International is an American based film production studio, financier and international distributor, best known for financing and producing 2014 films Sabotage and Fury.


Bill Block formed QED in 2002 as CEO. In May of 2012, Media Content Capital, an Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro global media fund, gained a controlling interest in QED through QED Holdings with an eight figure investment.[1][2]

Before 2013, Paul Hanson, as COO, was involved in all aspects of the company overseeing film financing, production, and distribution.[3]

On February 24, 2015, Deadline confirmed that CEO Bill Block had officially left the post from the company to join a new company Merced Media.[4][5] This allowed Lessine and Shapiro to operate QED International under QED Holdings as its principal financiers through the global media fund, Media Content Capital (McC).[6][7][8][9]



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  1. ^ McNary, Dave (May 16, 2012). "Media Content Capital fuels QED growth". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (May 16, 2015). "Bill Block's QED Gets Cash Infusion From Media Content Capital; Cannes". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (August 26, 2015). "Veteran Exec Paul Hanson To Head New Film Company Covert Media". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (February 24, 2015). "Bill Block Officially Leaves QED Int’l CEO Post As Merced Media Ramps Up". deadline.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (February 24, 2015). "Bill Block to Exit QED International". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (August 26, 2015). "Covert Media Launching With Former Annapurna Exec Paul Hanson". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ Kay, Jeremy (August 26, 2015). "MCC, Paul Hanson launch Covert Media". Screen Daily. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hunter, Walker (August 21, 2014). "How Putin's Media Czar May Have Funded Brad Pitt's New Movie". Business Insider. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ Block, Alex Ben; Holdsworth, Nick (contributed from Moscow) (February 24, 2015). "Bill Block to Exit Indie Film Player QED, Russian Investors Take Control (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 

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