Mallie McCown is a writer, actor, and independent film producer who coined Middle M Productions. She began her career as a sketch comedian under Parallel Entertainment but in 2016 began writing, producing and acting in her own award-winning short films. Later she studied Shakespearean Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has worked globally as a stage actor.
Nick Eversman is a film and TV actor, producer, and co-founder of Middle M. Best known for his roles in Showtime's The Good Lord Bird, ABC's Once Upon a Time, and and ABC's limited series Missing, Nick is a personal champion of social equality. He is most excited to be part of a company which is founded on principles of love and compassion.
Middle M Productions champions women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ artists who are not otherwise given the opportunity to advance in the entertainment industry. Our goal is to provide "firsts" to help artists cross the bridge from the minor leagues to the majors -- whether that's hiring a director for her first feature, casting an unknown actor in a lead, or giving a camera loader the opportunity to be a DP. Our company is founded on principles of love, compassion, and lifting up unheard voices while shining a light on unseen talent both on and off screen.
We promise to bring jobs and opportunities to creatives outside of Hollywood in order to advocate for artist-centered communities and help bolster smaller local film markets.
We promise to hire a diverse crew for every film -- diverse in gender, orientation, and ethnic and cultural background. We feel it necessary, not only to elevate the marginalized communities in the industry, but also to involve unique voices who can offer their eye to the project at hand.
We promise to staff at least half of every one of our film crews with female-identifying individuals to combat the gender gap in physical production.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up." - Pablo Picasso
For the founders of Middle M Productions, the nostalgia of growing up with a sense of fearless and unbound creativity is the backdrop of all current endeavors. But the Middle M name was born when Mallie McCown discovered her dad's home video camera in fourth grade -- and it was this discovery where Middle M truly began.
At nine years old, McCown formed a "production company" with her sister Caitlin and her best friend Catie. They would spend every day after school and every summer planning and producing new film projects. The first year, they discovered special effects by turning on and off the camera to make someone disappear, which inspired their first film about three witches. Then they explored making music videos and parody commercials. When they reached their teenage years they began filming full-length parodies of films like Star Wars, You've Got Mail, and Titanic until they began writing their own "movies" in unexplored genres.
This was how McCown spent her childhood and adolescence -- immersed in "CMC Productions" (of course, standing for Caitlin, Mallie, and Catie). Now, with the three girls grown up, the only one for whom the passion for filmmaking remains is the Middle M.
When Mallie relayed this story to Nick, it was all too familiar with his own childhood. Both founders felt this name was appropriate for the company as it embodies perseverance, unabashed creation, female empowerment, and the follow through on childhood dreams, reminding us that we can pave our own path, rather than waiting on others to pave it for us.