Already a successful producer with New York production company NYPS, Matt D’Amato launched Valiant Pictures in 2010 as an outlet for his own film and video work.
Since then the startup has found success developing commercials for clients like Hasbro, Best Buy, and Random House, as well as personal projects including the short film Love, NY, which Matt was taking on the festival circuit when we caught up last fall.
A few months later, and the short has gone on to win a number of notable industry accolades – including the Panavision Filmmaker Award and MNET Grand Jury Prize – and was most recently picked up by HBO for distribution on their cable networks.
“Love, NY played at this festival where it was seen by an HBO executive,” Matt explains. “They called us a few months after to say they would like to license the film starting in May, since that is when Asian Heritage Month begins. They have the license for a year, so currently it is on HBO GO and HBO On Demand, and will play on HBO Comedy all throughout June.”
In other Valiant Pictures news, Matt produced the documentary Soap Life, which saw a new trailer released this month. He’s also hoping to follow the success of Love, NY with the company’s first stab at a feature length film. The project is called Sunset City, with Matt and his team currently in preproduction.
“It’s always encouraging when your hard work is recognized and we’re using the positive momentum and exposure for Love, NY to move forward and develop Sunset City,” he says.