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Kevin S. Tenney and Dennis Michael Tenney,
though brothers, came to the film industry from
Kevin Tenney was accepted to the Cinema/Television Department
of the University of Southern California, where only the top five
percent of students are given the opportunity to direct either a
senior project or a graduate film. Kevin was (and still is) the only
student in the University's history to direct one of each.
His senior project won an Emmy Award for the Best Student
Production of The Year, and his graduate film landed him an
agent at ICM and a three-picture deal with producer,
Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Twins, Stripes) while he was still
a student at U.S.C.
His professional directorial debut, Witchboard, was made for less than one million dollars
and grossed over eight million at the box office, where it opened as the fifth highest grossing
film of the week on 1,000 screens. It went on to sell nearly 100,000 video cassettes to date,
and when it premiered on HBO, it was their highest rated program of the week, beating out
bigger, studio-produced films and HBO's own original programming.
Witchboard played all over the globe and sold countless videos and laser discs in every
country. Now that VHS is no longer the first choice for most consumers, foreign and domestic
distributors are re-releasing the film on DVD, due to popular demand.
Kevin has since written, directed, and/or produced more than a dozen independent films,
which have been sold to various domestic and foreign distributors. Four of his films went on to
become the top grossing films of all time for their individual distributors. Two of these four
films were produced by his own production company, Mentone Pictures.
As a director, Kevin has worked with well-known actors such as Eric Roberts (Pope Of
Greenwich Village, Star 80), John Ratzenberger (Cheers, Toy Story), Robert Forster
(Jackie Brown, The Black Hole), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, The Return Of The
Mummy), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders Of The Lost Arc, Indiana Jones And The Last
Crusade, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Tony Lo Bianco (Police Story, The 7-Ups),
Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Jane Sibbett (Friends), Linden Ashby (Melrose Place,
Mortal Kombat), Stephen Nichols (General Hospital, Days Of Our Lives), Laraine Neuman
(Saturday Night Live), Corey Haim (Lucas, The Lost Boys), Tawny Kitaen (Bachelor Party,
The Perils Of Gwendoline), Vern Troyer (Mini-Me in the Austin Powers Trilogy), and
Timothy Busfield (Thirty-Something, The West Wing).
His brother, Dennis Tenney, was a song writer and performer for several
successful rock bands, touring all over the U.S. and abroad, working with
acts such as Night Ranger, Eddy Money, Greg Kihn, and Molly
Hatchet. Dennis' swan song was a charity concert in Hiroshima Japan,
in which he performed with Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash &
His first professional job as a film-score composer was on Witchboard, where he
also wrote the song "Bump in the Night" for the closing credits, performed by popular
80's group, Steele Breeze. His growing interest in movies inspired Dennis to retire
from performing in order to devote himself to film composing full time. After scoring
almost a dozen movies, he opened his own post-production facility, Ideal Post Sound.
During his 12 year run as owner /operator of "IPS", Dennis was fortunate enough to work
with popular actors like Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, The Sopranos), Willem
DaFoe (Platoon, The English Patient, Spiderman), Edward Furlong (Terminator 2:
Judgment Day, American History X), Tom Arnold (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare,
True Lies, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery), John Heard (Big, Home Alone,
Gladiator), Mathew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Memphis Belle, And the Band Played On),
John Hurt (Alien, The Elephant Man, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone), Bruce Dern
(The Great Gatsby, Mulholland Falls, Monster), David Keith (The Great Santini, An
Officer and a Gentleman, Daredevil), Roy Scheider (Jaws, Marathon Man, The 7-Ups),
Patrick Swayze (Ghost, Dirty Dancing, Roadhouse), James Caan (The Godfather, Thief,
Eraser), Charlie Sheen (Young Guns, The Arrival, Two And A Half Men), and Ice-T (New
Jack City, Law And Order: Special Victims Unit).
In the formation of Prodigy Entertainment, Greg McKay has been recruited
as Executive Producer and partner. For the past 15 years Greg has worked
with various Fortune 500 companies with great success. After moving to Los Angeles,
Greg found his financial background (that was first established while attending Cal. State
University in Sacramento) was perfect for entering the entertainment business. He has
worked in network television and served as a producer for HBO and independent feature
films. Greg is also a successful talent agent in Northern California. He is a welcome and
vital addition to Prodigy Entertainment due to his love of film and financial expertise.
Also, Prodigy Entertainment has retained Thomas F. Zuber of the Los Angeles based law
firm Zuber & Taillieu as corporate counsel.
Although Dennis and Kevin have both successfully run their own film businesses and
have collaborated on many projects, this is the first time they have joined together to
form a cohesive blending of their individual talents into one company, Prodigy
Entertainment. They are both very excited about the possibilities, and based on their
previous successes, expect great things from their first of many films together.