Seven Arts Pictures

Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. is a British independent film production company. Notable films from Seven Arts include Stander, Asylum, Noise and more recently Night of the Demons.

Seven Arts Pictures
Public company: (OTCQB: SAPX)
FounderPeter Hoffman
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Hubert Gibbs (chairman of the board)
Peter Hoffman (CEO)
Michael Garstin (President)
Kate Hoffman (COO)
Elaine New (Finance Director)
ServicesFilm Making
DivisionsSeven Arts International


Seven Arts Pictures was founded in 2002 by former Carolco president and CEO Peter Hoffman. Carolco had previously used the name Seven Arts as a joint venture with New Line Cinema to produce and release mid-budget films; when the partnership was dissolved, Hoffman took the name Seven Arts with him to start over. With offices in London, England and Los Angeles, California, Seven Arts is producing motion pictures worldwide with budgets ranking from $2 million to $15 million for exhibition in domestic (i.e., the United States and Canada) and foreign theatrical markets and for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide release in other forms of media, including Blu-ray and DVD, home video, pay-per-view, and free television. Mario Kassar had headed Carolco with Hoffman.

In 2004, Seven Arts Pictures plc became a listed company on AIM. After trading on AIM for 3 years, the company moved to Plus Markets from 2007 to 2009. In preparation to its entrance on the NASDAQ, Seven Arts Pictures plc was listed on the OTCBB from 2008 to 2009. Since 2009, Seven Arts Pictures plc has been trading on the NASDAQ under SAPX.

Seven Arts Pictures also has trading entities in the UK which have been put into liquidation owing investors millions of dollars.

Below are a list of recent UK companies; most are in liquidation and are fronted by his daughter, Kate Hoffman:

  • Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment UK Ltd
  • Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment Ltd
  • Seven Arts Pictures plc – In liquidation
  • Cinematic Finance Ltd – In liquidation
  • Knife Edge Films Ltd – In liquidation
  • Gone To Hell Ltd – In liquidation

Seven Arts had been implicated in major fraud by HMRC and also by many investors, claiming that Peter Hoffman's daughter is behind the many scams in the UK.[1]

In 2012, Seven Arts Pictures announced the creation of its new music division, Seven Arts Entertainment. This included the acquisition of musical assets by several multi platinum recording artists. Most notably is the rapper DMX whose next album was released in September 2012 titled Undisputed. The new music division of Seven Arts plans to sign deals with already established artists as well as up and coming artists.

The production slate of Seven Arts Pictures and third party producers are distributed through Seven Arts International.



Michael Arata, and Peter Hoffman were accused of conspiracy, wire fraud in New Orleans 7 February 2014. Investigators said Arata and Hoffman sought tax credits for money they fraudulently claimed had been spent on the property.[2]


  1. Financial Times, Zeus Capital co-founder to be charged over tax scheme, 7 January 2016
  2. "2 indicted in film tax credit investigation". WDSU. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2019.


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