Andrew Duncan (producer)

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NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipSottish
OccupationFilm producer
Known forfounded June Pictures,

Andrew Duncan is a Sottish-American film producer who founded the production company June Pictures, and was later accused of sexual misconduct by a number of people. He was also known for commissioning a report that looked at attempts to capture UK elite to influence UK MPs.

June Pictures

June Pictures was an American Independent business entertainment production company founded by Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan, and based in Los Angeles, California. It specializes in Filmmaking, and film finance.

In February 2016, it was announced Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan would launch June pictures, focusing on producing and financing feature films and documentaries, with Dude (film), being the first film produced by the company.[1] The company financed films ranging from $5–10 million.[2] The company has produced films such as Thoroughbreds (2017 film) directed by Cory Finley,[3] Fun Mom Dinner, by Alethea Jones,[4] Wildlife (film), by Paul Dano,[5] Book Club (film) by Bill Holderman,[6] and The Florida Project by Sean Baker (filmmaker).[7] In 2017, their production The Florida Project received a cademy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination.

In December 2017, Duncan was accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen people.[8][9] Following the allegations, Duncan stepped down from the company.[10] Saks bought out Duncan's shares in the company stating: “In light of allegations of misconduct against our investor Andrew Duncan, I am assuming sole ownership and leadership of June Pictures. June Pictures is committed to a respectful work environment dedicated to producing quality films. We will continue our projects already in production and development.”[11] That same year, the company shut down.[12]

Ownership of IGX LLC

Andrew Duncan was reportedly the owner of IGX LLC, a company founded in 2003 which according to Bloomberg has the purpose of manufacturing of games. However, according to the US-Asia Law Institute it is a film and investment company.[13][14] And according to the Wilmington, Delaware, address is for a Corporation Service Company, serves as a registered agent for many corporate entities.[15]

In 2018 Duncan was accused by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), along with Conservative Solutions PAC and its treasurer Nancy Watkins, of making an illegal US$500,000 donation to support Senator Marco Rubio’s bid to become President of the United States. Duncan was accused of using the Conservative Solutions PAC to hide his donation to Sen. Rubio, something Federal Election Commission rules as well as the Federal Election Campaign Act prohibit. Duncan argued that he needed the anonymity to protect him from reprisals.[16] According to Associated Press this was the largest hidden super PAC donation.[17]

Support of 2019 Hong Kong protests

Duncan, a Brooklyn Nets fan bought 300 tickets for spectators at a pre-season US basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors who held signs and donned T-shirts and masks in support of the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests and said he is considering having further demonstrations. He argued that "The National Basketball Association should not be in bed with a communist regime."[18]

Report into Chinese attempts to capture the UK elite

He was also known for commissioning a report in 2020 that looked at attempts to capture UK elite by China which was contributed to by former MI6 officer, Christopher Steele who had compiled the infamous Steel Dossier on Donald Trump.[19] Arthur Snell, another former UK diplomat who also works with Steele, also contributed to the report. Duncan was reported to have spent "tens of thousands of dollars"[20] for the report.

Duncan was particularly looking to reverse the decision by the UK government of allowing Huawei to provide equipment into the country's 5G network

References

  1. {{cite web|last=Fleming Jr|first=Mike|date=February 25, 2016|title=ICM Partners Agent Alex Saks To Run Upstart Shingle June Pictures|url=https://deadline.com/2016/02/june-pictures-production-finance-company-alex-saks-1201707630/%7Caccessdate=April 20, 2018|website=Deadline Hollywood}
  2. Ford, Rebecca (January 19, 2017). "Sundance: Newcomer June Pictures Heads to Fest With Three Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. McNary, Dave (April 28, 2016). "Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy to Star in Thriller 'Thoroughbred'". Variety (magazine). Penske Business Media. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. McNary, Dave (June 22, 2016). "Toni Collette, Molly Shannon to Star in 'Fun Mom Dinner' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  5. Pedersen, Erik (23 September 2016). "Jake Gyllenhaal & Carey Mulligan Star In 'Wildlife', Paul Dano's Directing Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. Amanda N'Duka. "Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss Cast In ‘Book Club’". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  7. Hipes, Patrick (April 19, 2016). "June Pictures Boards 'Tangerine' Director Sean Baker's Next Film 'The Florida Project'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  8. Baum, Gary; Masters, Kim (December 15, 2017). "'Florida Project' Producer Accused of Sexual Harassment by a Dozen Insiders". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  9. Carlin, Shannon (December 16, 2017). "Florida Project Producer Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Allegations". Refinery29. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  10. Maddus, Gene (December 14, 2017). "'Florida Project' Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims". Variety (magazine). Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  11. Fleming Jr, Mike (December 14, 2017). "June Pictures Shakeup: Alex Saks Buys Out Financier Andrew Duncan Amid Allegation Cloud". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  12. "Alex Saks". Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  13. "IGX LLC".
  14. "2017 Summary of Activities". U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  15. NW, The Center for Responsive Politics 1300 L. St; Washington, Suite 200; fax857-7809, DC 20005 telelphone857-0044 (2016-02-01). "$100 million floods into presidential super PACs in second half of 2015". OpenSecrets News. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  16. Eakin, Britain (2018-03-02). "Watchdog Sues FEC to Police Shadowy Campaign Donation". Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  17. "Mystery Money Makes Its Way Back Into US Election Process | Voice of America - English". www.voanews.com. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  18. staff/elizabeth-kim (2019-10-19). "Pro-Hong Kong Demonstrators Stage Protest At Barclays Center". Gothamist. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  19. "China attempting elite capture in UK: Report".
  20. "China 'trying to influence elite figures in British politics', dossier claims". Q Radio. Retrieved 2020-07-08.

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