In 2005, Eric began a successful career as a producer of independent films. Along with his longtime collaborator and producing partner Richard Schenkman, they optioned the rights to what would be Eric D. Wilkinson’s first film as a producer, The Man From Earth. Armed with a strong script by legendary science fiction writer / author Jerome Bixby (“Star Trek”, “The Twilight Zone”, Fantastic Voyage), Wilkinson and Schenkman were able to assemble an amazing cast despite the film’s modest budget. Director Richard Schenkman delivered a memorable film that received a limited theatrical release, followed by a successful home video run from Starz / Anchor Bay Entertainment. Since its release in 2007, Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth has gone on to become a world-wide cult hit and festival favorite. The film received rave reviews (Hollywood Reporter called it “A considerable achievement… a picture which deserves wide exposure… The Man From Earth gradually and stimulatingly builds to a pitch of near hypnotic intensity”) and won several awards and accolades including a Saturn Award nomination for “Best DVD Release” and winner of Home Media Retailing’s DVD Critic’s Award for “Best Non-Theatrical Movie”. It now is listed among IMDb’s Top 50 Best Science Fiction Films of all time and continues to do strong business on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and SVOD, even seven years after its initial release.
Eric followed up The Man From Earth as an Associate Producer on both iMurders (starring William Forsythe, Tony Todd, Gabrielle Anwar, Joanne Baron, Margaret Colin and Academy Award Nominee Charles Durning) and the psychological thriller The Quiet Ones (starring Courtney Gains and Tony Todd). He also served as Co-Producer on the horror-comedy-spoof Paranormal Movie starring Kevin Farley, William Katt, Tom Sizemore, Eric Roberts, Robert Hays, Maria Menunos, Carly Craig and Jake Busey.
In 2013, Eric served as Executive Producer of Do Not Disturb, a psychological thriller starring 80’s icons Stephen Geoffreys and Corey Haim (in one of his last roles) and was one of the producers of the horror-thriller Mischief Night (reteaming with Richard Schenkman) starring Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ally Walker, Erica Leerhsen, Richard Riehle and Charlie O’Connell. Eric served as a Consulting Producer on Bad Parents, a black comedy starring SNL alumni Janeane Garafolo and Cheri O’Teri, along with comedian Christopher Titus, Michael Boatman and Kristen Johnson and was one of the producers of Sparks, the comic-book based action thriller starring Ashley Bell, Chase Williamson, Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, Clint Howard and William Katt, His upcoming movies include the comedy Midnight Show (as Executive Producer), The Unwanted (as Executive Producer),a suspense-thriller starring Hannah Fierman, William Katt and Lynn Talley, and Subterranea (as Producer), starring Nick Turturro, Bug Hall and William Katt.