Potomac Businessman Finds Fortune in Hollywood

Potomac businessman Norman M. Dreyfuss jetted to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, last week hoping for his third successful movie venture in a row.

Dreyfuss is chief operating officer for IDI Group Companies, which owns real estate investments in the Washington area that include Leisure Worlds in Maryland and Virginia. He helped bankroll two previous movies for his son, Hollywood agent Brian Dreyfuss of Featured Artists Agency.

The new movie, which premiered Jan. 20, is called "Red" and stars Brian Cox, Tom Sizemore and Amanda Plummer. It's a tearjerker about a bunch of rich kids who kill Cox's dog, and how he seeks justice from their parents, the legal system and the media.

"We have lots of distributors buzzing around," said Dreyfuss, who said he doubled his investments in the first two movies he helped his son produce.

Brian Dreyfuss puts together the movies from his clients, who include directors and writers. Norman said he invested more than $500,000 in Red, and would love to keep his record of success intact. About a dozen of Norman Dreyfuss's local friends and business associates also invested in the film.

"It's a big burden," Dreyfuss said, hoping his friends make a profit -- he already has a new script in hand and is circulating it to his friends.
-- Thomas Heath

By Mike Shepard  |  January 25, 2008; 11:20 PM ET  | Category:  Media
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