ENDURANCE is the name of the ship Ernest Shackleton sailed to Antarctica on the greatest of his adventures. We chose the name for our company for two reasons. First, his epic tale is a model for the kind of stories we want to tell. Second, the Endurance journey embodies the strong values and high standards of our company. We are built to withstand adversity and thrive on complexity—a solid, stable feature film production and finance company—which can navigate difficult waters for our filmmaker partners in order to achieve mutually beneficial goals.


Santa Monica-based ENDURANCE MEDIA has quickly become a hub for top-tier filmmakers wanting to bring compelling action-adventure stories to life. Endurance shares a strategic distribution alliance with international powerhouse Entertainment One and recently wrapped production on the fantasy drama “COME AWAY”, starring Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo.  The Company is slated to commence principal photography on a number of exciting projects in 2019, including THE KILLER’S GAME and KING OF THE JUNGLE.

Who We Are

Steve Richards / CEO

Steve launched Endurance Media in the fall of 2014. Prior to starting Endurance, Richards had a leading role in producing over 40 feature films—his credits include blockbuster hits like “The Matrix Reloaded,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Project X,” “The Book of Eli,” “RocknRolla,” “Unknown” and “Non-Stop.” From 1995 to 2014, Richards presided over Silver Pictures as Co-President and COO. During his tenure, Richards grew the company from a studio-based company to a dynamic boutique production and distribution company, generating over $5 billion in worldwide box office revenues. Steve enjoys skiing, scuba diving, rock climbing and backpacking.

Steve Barnett / President of Production

As President of Production, Steve manages the development slate and projects currently in production at Endurance. With over 20 years of experience as a producer and production executive, films which Barnett has supervised have generated worldwide box office revenues of over $1 billion. His credits as a producer include but are not limited to such films as Warner Brothers’ ground-breaking epic “300,” the Paramount Pictures fantasy “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” Universal’s “Land of the Dead,” and Dimension’s remake of “Piranha.” Most recently, he produced the independent film “Priceless,” which released in theaters in October of 2016.

James Tomlinson / Vice President

As Vice President, James Tomlinson guides Endurance’s overall creative vision and film slate. James joined the company in January of 2015 after working for Silver Pictures, where he was Creative Executive and worked on films such as Warner Brothers’ “The Nice Guys,” starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and Open Road’s “Collide,” starring Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones. James is an avid skier and golfer.

Andrew Roda / Director of Finance

Andrew joined Endurance in 2015 as Director of Finance, bringing with him a unique background of finance and studio arts experience. As a senior associate at MCG Capital in Washington, DC, Andrew’s group structured the acquisition, growth financing and leveraged buy-out of small- to mid-sized companies through both debt and equity offerings within the firm’s $1.5 billion portfolio. Concurrently, as a fine artist, his work has been displayed in galleries around the western United States and Hawaii—where he continues to show today. Outside the office, Andrew is an avid mountaineer, skier and Ironman triathlete.

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