Olivia Wingate Launches Wingate Media, Unveils Film & TV Development Slate

EXCLUSIVE: Former Avalon manager Olivia Wingate has launched the solo production company Wingate Media, bringing all her projects and team with her, we hear.
EPs are Wren Arthur and Steve Buscemi via their Olive Productions banner along with Wingate. — Defected, a thriller-comedy from New York playwright Amy Staats, about two sisters reunited after 30 years apart, set against the backdrop of contemporary amateur gymnastics, doping scandals and the second Cold War. Tricia Brock (Bridgerton and the upcoming The Gator and the Egg) is attached to EP and direct.
The company will be headquartered in New York, focused on developing, incubating and producing premium and cutting-edge projects aimed toward a worldwide audience, and committed to prioritizing unique and underrepresented artists and perspectives.
Hunter (the upcoming The Whale and Baskets), and is directed and executive produced by Jonathan Krisel (Baskets and the upcoming Sesame Street movie). — Also, the untitled Viv Bond project. The show stars gay icon Mx Vivian Bond, is written by Samuel D. EPs are Danica Radonovic and Wingate. In the spirit of Baskets, this project, also in the works at FX, is billed as a heartwarming but sharply funny half-hour comedy about a legendary cabaret star choosing to move back to the hometown she ran away from to take care of her sick mother.
Features include:
A London native, Wingate has been New York based, with a presence in Los Angeles and London, for more than 25 years. Her career has spanned theater, film, comedy, documentary and scripted drama. Wingate Media combines all her experience to incubate and elevate stories that will aim to inspire and provoke debate.
The debut feature film from Anu Valia, one of the most exciting directors on the scene (currently directing She Hulk for Marvel) and also starring Kirby Howell Baptiste (Cruella) and Sarah Goldberg (Barry). Ray works as a commercial cleaner but takes a job cleaning the homes of several rich families on the other side of town and starts to mold herself to fit into the world of her new employers. Vice Studios and Wingate Media are producing. — We Strangers is a haunting study of race, class and assimilation in America's Midwest, centering on Ray, a charming and self-determined woman living in Gary, IN.
Wingate Media is repped by Victoria Cook and Lee Goldberg at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz; and Arnold Herrmann and Matt Segreto at Citrin Cooperman.
Wingate Media's current development slate includes, per the company:
Prior to starting the company, Wingate was SVP Scripted Development at Left/Right, the studio that behind Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters, Joe Mande’s award-winning Standup Special (Netflix) and more. Before that, Wingate ran Avalon’s New York office and represented clients including Marc Maron, Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac and Eugene Mirman.
Other projects in active development include:
Afropunk is the largest integrated media platform targeting a young Black audience and elevating Black voices to a global audience.” /> In addition, Wingate Media has inked a new co-venture with Afropunk to develop and produce TV and film content based on the brand's IP.
— On the TV side, Vespertine, a contemporary noir crime drama written and directed by Isabel Sandoval, in development at FX. This is the debut TV project from filmmaker Sandoval, a Filipina writer-director whose last film Lingua Franca premiered at Venice and is available on Netflix presented by Ava DuVernay.
Described as Shameless meets Slums of Beverly Hills, the half-hour comedy is created, written and to be directed by Rubin, a 23-year-old native L.A. filmmaker whose first feature she directed by age 16. The show centers around her family, and is told over three time periods every episode. — Tinseltown by Zane Rubin starring EP David Cross (Arrested Development, The Great Divide) and showrun by Tim Greenberg (Living With Yourself, The Daily Show).
Joel Church-Cooper (Brockmire) is attached as showrunner/EP, Brennan Schroff (BlackAF/The Detour) is attached to direct. — The Worst Thing You've Ever Done is inspired by the writing, drawing and life of controversial gonzo political cartoonist Ted Rall, and centers om his journey creating his debut graphic novel. The project is EP’d by Dane Reiley and Edwin Zane for Looseworld, Ted Rall and Wingate.
Archer and Amy Belk co-write. Smudge Films will produce alongside Wingate Media. Pic stars Whitney Cummings (The Female Brian, How It Ends) and Amy Sedaris (At Home With Amy Sedaris) and takes inspiration from Cathy Comics. Alongside Wingate producers are Sarah Winshall (Clara’s Ghost, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair) and Amanda Kramer (Please Baby Please, Ladyworld), with Julia Kim attached as co-producer and casting director (Minari/Last Black Man In San Francisco). — Funny Pages is directed by Cam Archer (Wild Tigers I Have Known). Funny Pages is a wry and poetic thrill ride through the mind of an insecure and indecisive artist.

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