Dud Films Corporation
Dud Films Corporation
DTS Entertainment was foundered in 2007, and is a division of the Dud Films Corporation.
Dud Films was formed in 1966, by Cornelius Q. Dud, who saw a fortune in bringing back the silent movie in Super 8 format. Between 1966 and '73, Dud Films produced a series of shorts, almost always featuring perennial star, Derek Taylor Shayne. Some of the most successful titles were, THE PROCESS POLICE (1971), THE QUAGMIRE GIRL (1971), DON'T LOOK NOW BUT I THINK YOU'RE BEING MURDERED (1972) and its three sequels, of which the last, DON'T LOOK NOW BUT I THINK YOU'RE BEING FRAMED (1974), was the studios first talking picture.
For a time, the studio also made a series with comedy team Lewis Martin and Steve Johnson, which became quite popular with films like, WASHDAY BLUES (1971), THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS (1972) and LUDICROUS (1972).
Some of Dud Films most notable stars of the era were, Laura Young, Paul Richard Vossen, Jr, Joe Dyson, Steven Bergere, Francis Whittaker, and cameraman and sometimes actor, E. F. Bannon.
The studio closed its gates in 1974, when Cornelius Dud lost all his share holdings in a crap game. It re-opened in the mid '90's, after a lengthy court battle, when it was ruled in Dud's favor that both the dice AND he were loaded at the time of the stock transition.
Despite Dud’s vindication of himself, he was voted out to continue as CEO in favor of octogenarian Cyrus P. Hornfogger, who had started in movies by kidnapping every nickelodeon in East Trenton, New Jersey and holding them for ransom.
In 1994, Derek Shayne returned for three movies under the new management, most notably HERE WE GO AGAIN, with former Dud Films co-star Paul Richard Vossen, Jr.
But things had changed considerably in twenty years, while Shayne and Vossen’s material had not, and the stars were dropped from the studio roster.
Over ten years later, with the old Dud Films movies now successful on DVD and the Internet, Shayne approached his old studio about a new deal. An independent production unit working within the studio, in which he was to have complete control. The stock holders meeting regarding Shayne’s request, was the longest in Hollywood history. So long in fact, that many of the participants died of natural causes, and had to be replaced by surviving relatives.
But the long wait proved worth it for Shayne, when a vote came down in his favor. An almost unanimous 6 to 5.
DTS Entertainment was born.
With Asian director Scott Tamura, whom Shayne had hired out of pity after Tamura was orphaned by a Godzilla attack on Tokyo, and photographer Ryan Taylor, a Blackfoot Indian whose main qualification was that his grandfather’s spirit was once trapped in a Polaroid Land Camera, production on a new series of films began.
DTS Entertainment was an almost immediate success, with the SPITBALLIN’ and DOCTOR WHAT series, reaching its pinochle with the move to Widescreen HD in 2009, with ALL THIS AND NOTHING TOO, and 16: 9 SUNSET BLVD.
At this time, John “Jay” Brennan, a wise-cracking New York comedy writer with a penchant for lifting gags from Abbott and Costello TV shows and passing them off as his own, was hired to share the scripting load with Shayne.
Also added was a talented canine star, Celine, who became an instant hit with fans for her ability to flawlessly perform stolen Abbott and Costello material, penned by wise-cracking New York comedy writers passing it off as their own.
The resulting films were DTS Entertainment’s most successful, ever. Such as, HOLLYWOOD REMEMBERS (2010), SPITBALLIN’ 3 (2010), and BREAKING EVEN (2011), HOLLYWOOD REMEMBERS 2 (2011) and SMARTEN UP! (2011).
In 2012, the highly successful webseries, BREAKING EVEN ~ The Series, was launched, with many name guest stars, such as LAURA AGUINAGA, JAMIE O'ROURKE, and RENE RIVA. Seven episodes were produced.
Also in 2012, the studio had its biggest hit to date with GHOST OF THE INVISIBLE SPOOK, a send-up of B-1940's horror films, which spawned two equally successful sequels, BRIDE OF THE GHOST OF THE INVISIBLE SPOOK, and SON OF THE GHOST OF THE INVISIBLE SPOOK, in 2013 and 2014.
Two hugely popular slapstick shorts, SUNNYSIDE DOWN and CHEATING HONESTLY, were also released in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
For 2015, DTS ENTERTAINMENT will present, SHAYNE OF THE JUNGLE, an African safari comedy, BROADSIDED, a mobster style farce, co-starring Derek and Laura Aguinaga, and an as yet untitled parody of B-grade 1950s science fiction movies.