About Deepwater Production

Deepwater Productions is a boutique producer of independent feature-length films. Based in Houston amidst a robust independent film following, Deepwater Productions takes pride in being one of the few such companies in the Nation’s 4th largest city.
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Derek H. Potts

Deepwater Productions was founded by Derek H. Potts, trial lawyer, entrepreneur, and actor. Derek is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Potts Law Firm, one of the most successful firms in Houston, Texas, that has recovered over $1 billion for clients. But he never left his love of the entertainment industry behind, and he has now been involved as an investor, producer, and actor for many years.

After working with a variety of producers and directors in Los Angeles on film and television projects, Derek decided he was ready to produce his own movies – and Deepwater Productions was born. He first produced The Last Astronaut in 2019, and then went on to write Narco Sub in 2020. He gained inspiration after learning about real life narcotics trafficking in submarines from time spent in Key West, Florida, and after prosecuting sex trafficking cases for his firm.

Chief Financial Analyst

Matthew Cianciosi

Matthew Cianciosi was born and raised in Katy Texas and is proud to maintain his strong Texas roots. Raised from Italian immigrant parents he has always tried to honor his heritage, giving back to the community and help others. He graduated from the University of Houston summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in business administration (BBA) – finance. Later receiving a master’s in business administration  (MBA) – international finance.

He is currently sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. His professional career started at Academy Sports and Outdoors,  where he was a Sr. Pricing Analyst and was responsible for over $3B in inventory. Next, he worked for a telecom company and then in the oil and gas industry, as a Sr. Financial Planning and Analysis Analyst. Currently he works for Deepwater Productions, The Potts Law Firm and Derek Potts Enterprises overseeing FP & A, analytics, and as a  financial manager.

Production Assistant

Stephanie Weddington

Stephanie Weddington is a Houston, Texas native and a proud Texan. She is currently a Personal Assistant to Derek Potts and Production Assistant for Deepwater Productions. Stephanie has had over 20 years of experience. Assisting high-profile families in Houston planning Social and Political Events, Marketing, and Estate Management.

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Production Assistant

Natalie Barden

Natalie Barden is currently a student at Wake Forest University School of Law. She attended The University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree where she majored in English and Iberian Studies. Natalie has always been an avid movie watcher and is excited to contribute to the legal side of producing a film.

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