Independent Films cost a pretty penny or two. Lee Daniels called in the heavy hitters when looking to fund his latest project. “The Butler” stars Oprah and Forest Whittaker but it is a complex arrangement that brought 41 producers and executive producers together on this historical drama.
Sheila Johnson, ex-wife of BET founder Robert Johnson and the first African-American female to have ownership in three professional teams, read the script and felt, “this movie has to be made.” An NBA star, a wealthy New Orleans family and few anonymous investors are a part of the group according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“The group of investors put their money on the table when the studios wouldn’t, it’s story that’s a movie within itself”