Director of Music Video
Under his guidance, Trancas International Films, has evolved into a diverse entertainment company, involved in production, distribution, management, music publishing and merchandising.
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A graduate of the University of Southern California Film School, Malek Akkad is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry. Under his guidance, Trancas International Films, has evolved into a diverse entertainment company, involved in production, distribution, management, music publishing and merchandising.
Akkad has produced the last five installments of the successful Halloween franchise, distributed by Dimension Films, and is currently producing the next installment of Halloween. Some other producing credits include Walking After Midnight, The Psychic Murders, the recently completed, Made In Brooklyn, and the documentary, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.
As a director, Akkad has numerous commercials and music videos to his credit, including clients such as Coke-a-Cola, and artists like Lo-Ball, Simon Shaheen & Kazem. He also directed the feature film, The Psychic Murders, starring James Russo, Henry Rollins, and Terry Farrell. He is currently developing The Princess of Alhambra, a sweeping historical epic set in medieval Spain, based on a script by Oscar winning screenwriter, Robert Bolt.
Akkad’s company, Trancas, also manages a vibrant film library, including titles such as Halloween, Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Hell Night, and Lion of the Desert. It also runs a merchandising department, and the music publishing company, Jack-O-Lantern Music. Trancas has recently opened television and management divisions, with several projects in development, and a roster of recognizable talent.
Tring Entertainments is Akkad’s overseas affiliate, handling Trancas’ library internationally, with offices at Twickenham Film Studios, home to such legendary productions such as Reds, Ghandi, Blade Runner, Donnie Brasco, Interview with a Vampire and Superman II & III, to name a few.
Akkad’s newly formed Paranormal Pictures, in association with Jon Sheinberg’s The Machine, has recently completed production of the mob comedy, Made In Brooklyn. The company has also produced the upcoming release from Anchor Bay Entertainment, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.
Akkad produced the remake of the classic horror film, Halloween, and the sequel, Halloween II, with writer/director Rob Zombie. The remake was number one opening weekend, and holds the record for the highest grossing Labor Day opening in history. It has gone on to gross over one hundred million world-wide. He is currently in pre-production oh the next installment, Halloween 3D, to be released in fall, 2011.
Most recently, Akkad produced the indie, Sundance selection, The Violent Kind, while concurrently developing and serving as co-executive producer on the upcoming, Stan Lee animated series from Comedy Central, Scavengers.
Akkad is currently developing several features and television series, with partnerships at Dimension Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, CineTel Films, E1, and Cartoon network, to name a few.