In 1999, Steve Carlis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was inducted to the Elite Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame… all because of his stunning achievements as executive producer of award-winning independent films (that became sleeper hits and succeeded in the box office), and as the president of The Shooting Gallery (a small, independent film company that developed into a multi-million dollar multimedia content provider).
The Shooting Gallery started as a small, independent film company dedicated to provide opportunities to young (but talented) filmmakers that didn’t possess huge Hollywood budgets (or equipment)… but were willing to work hard and make sacrifices to create quality independent films.
The successes of Steve Carlis and The Shooting Gallery include Nick Gomez’s Laws of Gravity (the film that launched the acting careers of Peter Greene and award-winning actress Eddie Falco), Bob Gosse’s widely acclaimed Niagara, Niagara (a film that became a “cult film” because of its underground popularity), and Billy Bob Thornton’s Sling Blade (the film that launched Billy Bob Thornton into stardom… and harvested more than a dozen awards including an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay).
However, the real reason why Steve Carlis was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is because of the rise the The Shooting Gallery as a massive multimedia content provider for Fortune 1,000 companies.
The Shooting Gallery started as an independent film production company, but Steve Carlis realized that film crews that were making their films in New York didn’t have access to facilities for production (and postproduction) like those they have in Hollywood. Then, Steve Carlis and The Shooting Gallery created a huge 172,000-square-foot production and postproduction facility called Gun For Hire. Gun For Hire was, by far, the largest and most complete “production hotel” for filmmakers in New York City… and it became the most sought-after “production hotel” in NYC.
Shortly after, The Shooting Gallery started taking advantage of their state-of-art production facilities to create content for world-renowned industry leaders such as Disney, Barclays, ABC, and Deutsche Bank. And with this, The Shooting Gallery transformed into a multi-million dollar business (in less than ten years), and Steve Carlis rightfully received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1999.