CIT’s technology, media and telecommunications business served as sole lead arranger and administrative agent on up to $95 million in financing toward the relaunch of Hollywood film production company Castle Rock Entertainment. The transaction includes a senior secured credit facility for $65 million with an accordion feature for up to $30 million more.
Castle Rock was founded in 1987 by Academy Award nominated director Rob Reiner, who will remain CEO of the relaunched firm, along with Martin Shafer, Andrew Scheinman, Glenn Padnick and Alan Horn. Reiner will be joined by Michele Reiner and Matthew George as co-presidents.
Castle Rock previously produced more than 125 films, including “When Harry Met Sally,” “A Few Good Men,” “Miss Congeniality” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” In addition, it produced the TV show “Seinfeld.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Rob Reiner said. “The Castle Rock lighthouse has always signaled a safe harbor for the creative community. With this relaunch, we will be able to continue the tradition of providing an environment for filmmakers to do their best work.”
“We are pleased to support the relaunch of Castle Rock Entertainment, one of the most iconic brands in film and television, as it prepares to extend its long track record of success in the entertainment industry,” Thomas Westdyk, managing director and group head for CIT’s technology, media and telecommunications business, said. “Our deal team of David Oliver, Jennifer Del Preore and Kevin Clemenza worked closely with our client to understand their objectives and structure the right financing.”