The former director of Savannah’s film office says he’s no longer working for Medient Studios in Savannah. Jay Self tells GPB he’s no longer employed by the film company, but is declining further comment for now. Medient’s board fired its former CEO and several other key employees following a shakeup last month. Self was fired from the City of Savannah Film Office in 2013. He took a job as Medient's head of corporate affairs soon after.
Kumaran, a co-founder of the film studio, was forced out as CEO on June 9. The ousted CEO of Medient Studios in Savannah is suing the film company and asking a judge to dissolve it. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Nevada's Second Judicial District Court, Manu Kumaran asks a Nevada judge to dissolve the corporation; appoint a receiver to settle the company’s affairs; and issue an injunction preventing Medient from conducting business. In the complaint, Kumaran says he invested $15 million in Medient in exchange for a controlling interest in the company, before he was forced out on June 9.
Medient Studios broke gound Thursday on what company officials are calling the nation's largest movie studio. The company plans to build a $90 million facility near Savannah in Effingham County. CEO Manu Kumaran says his business model is to change the world of movie-making.
An Effingham County commission has approved the master plan for a movie studio and officials say development is expected to begin soon. Construction is expected to begin in August. Medient Studios Inc. chairman Manu Kumaran says he's confident the studio will be up and running by the first quarter of 2014.