Our Company

Problem Entertainment

We've Had a Problem.

Originally founded in 2007 by Shawn Martin as Joseph James Pictures and was created to self-distribute his own films. In November 2011, the company released their first film, Chest Pain, a short film by Shawn Martin on the internet and has released it on DVD in January 2012 which also featured the experimental short film, Drip.

In early 2012, the company released Retaliate, an action thriller short film starring John Addison MacKinnon and David Horton. It was released to the internet in March 2012 and on DVD in December of that year and also features the experimental short film, Drip 2: Drip Harder as a bonus. Later that same year, John Houston joined the team and took over 50% of the company and was announced as the vice president.

In 2013, the company picked up it's first outside project, a script from Ryan Gallant titled I Promise. The film was directed by company co-owner John Houston and was released on the internet in May 2013 and was later released on the Short Film Collection DVD in November 2013.

In the summer of 2013, the company started production on The Bench, which was originally planned to be released in 2010 but had to cancel due to various issues. The film was released in January 2014 on DVD, digital download and limited edition Blu-ray.

It currently has several projects in development which range from short films to web series, all the way to feature films; and is currently seeking other projects to distribute worldwide on DVD and film festivals to help establish itself as a distributor and to help other independent filmmakers gain publicity, and also offers many post-production and marketing services.

In late 2015, they launched Problem Films (later renamed to Problem Entertainment), a production company run by John Houston and Shawn Martin. That same year, the company changed its name to Joseph James Enertainment where it holds brand names it uses for each proper ocassion.

In July 2017, Joseph James Entertainment rebranded into Problem Entertainment, whereas certian aspects of the Joseph James banner remain, with some cut brands and newly added ones.

Our Team

Shawn Martin

Shawn Martin


John Houston

John Houston

Vice President