The Motion Picture Group, Inc., a film and entertainment financing and production company, announces yesterday's Variety exclusive that it signed a deal to finance Split, the next film of Hounddog writer/director, Deborah Kampmeier.

Henri Kessler, President of The Motion Picture Group, said: "We have great respect for Deborah's directorial vision and sense of story. The success of our business model is dependent upon a reliable core talent pool. Deborah's consistency and dedication to excellence certainly makes her an over-achiever in that area. We can't wait to work with her again."

Director Deborah Kampmeier stated: "My next film will be a drama set in New York City. I'm anxious to get started and with the help of The Motion Picture Group, we will start the packaging process right away."

Scott Franklin, the Company's CEO, will be a Producer on the project along with Kessler and Raye Dowell, Producer of Hounddog.

Kampmeier's first feature film Virgin was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000), and the Best Female Lead for Elisabeth Moss' performance in the film. Also for the film, Kampmeier won the prestigious Zicherman Family Foundation Award for Best Screenwriter at the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the 2003 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Best Independent Spirit at the Santa Fe Film Festival, and Best Actress at the Sedona Film Festival. The world premiere of Virgin was held at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival.