Ex-DC CEO Creates new Production Company at Paramount

Walter Hamada, who previously served as the head of DC Films, has officially launched his new production company, 18hz Productions. The main focus of this endeavor from Hamada is to provide high-quality horror content to Paramount Pictures.

Hamada will be joined in this big project by Nathan Samdahl, a key figure in producing 2022’s critically acclaimed horror film Smile during his tenure at Paramount. He will fulfill the role of Senior Vice President of 18hz Productions. Additionally, the company has appointed Nick Romano as its Creative Executive to help bring its horror visions to life.

Nick is a true horror fan and his passion for the genre is contagious. Together they will be instrumental in making 18hz the home for horror.

-Walter Hamada

The studio’s name is a subtle nod to the mysterious frequency of 18.98hz, also known as the “ghost frequency“, which is below the range of human hearing. Still, it has been rumored to induce hallucinations related to paranormal sightings.

Nathan’s work on hit genre movies like Paramount’s Smile, 10 Cloverfield Lane and A Quiet Place as well as his extensive filmmaker relationships make him the perfect addition to the team. I’m lucky the stars aligned and I was able to get him.

Walter Hamada

Samdahl discovered and oversaw the production of the horror project Smile while at Players but left due to layoffs. The movie was released and became a hit, grossing over $216 million worldwide. Romano rejoined Hamada from New Line, where he had worked as a CE. He started his career at ICM Partners and graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in screenwriting.

Source: THR

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