Anonymous Content’s Tehmina Jaffer Joins Disney Branded Television As EVP Business Affairs

The move comes as Ayo Davis, President, Disney Branded Entertainment continues to solidify her senior executive team. Tehmina Jaffer, most recently president of Business Affairs and Operations at Anonymous Content, has joined Disney Branded Television as EVP Business Affairs. Jaffer succeeds Adina Savin, who has exited after leading the business affairs division for nearly 23 years.
“Her strong leadership and vast experience across a variety of content and streaming businesses will be incredibly valuable as we continue to scale our best-in-class kids and family output.”” /> “I’m delighted to welcome Tehmina back home to Disney and to the Disney Branded Television team,” said Davis.
In her new role, Jaffer will lead all aspects of business affairs, negotiations and contract administration for Disney Television Animation and Disney Branded Television live-action content created for Disney+, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. Based in Burbank, CA, Jaffer will report to Davis.
Prior to Disney+, Jaffer held business affairs roles at Netflix and NBCUniversal. She also served on the ABC Studios Legal Affairs team after getting her start as a litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she focused on IP and general litigation.
Prior to Anonymous, Jaffer was senior vice president of Business Affairs for Disney+, overseeing business affairs for global scripted and unscripted series content. Her move also marks a return to Disney for Jaffer. During her time at Anonymous Content, Jaffer oversaw all business operations for the company, including Human Resources, Facilities and IT, in addition to Business Affairs.

Anonymous Content, 30West, Elysian, Totem Execs Debate Distribution Future – Zurich Summit

“There are some actors who don’t want to go theatrical, even though it could succeed, they’d rather go on Netflix,” said Dan Steinman Co-President and COO at 30West, echoing a comment made earlier in the day by MGM’s Pamela Abdy and Michael de Luca.
“For me the most shocking thing filmmakers now say is they’d rather go to a streamer than face the pressure of a theatrical release. It’s about how you’d be judged on your success [at the box office], versus people being able to discover your film on streamers.” Robert Walak, President of Anonymous Content Studios, shared a similar experience.
Netflix are not the enemy, the panel made certain to say.
It’s easy to make one phone call and sell your movie,” he added.” /> “People will sometimes take the path of least resistance, going to the buyer of greatest means.
It’s dishonest to ignore that.” I think it is a force for good in all kinds of ways, including diversity,” said Steinman. “I love Netflix. “What I watch on Netflix is more diverse than what I used to see in movie theatres 10 years ago.
If something is rigid, like the theatrical window, it’s only going to break.” “The big studios are focused on building their own platforms. “The change has been coming for years, it has accelerated across the pandemic,” added Danny Perkins, CEO and founder at Elysian Film Group.
“They’d rather not have the pressure of opening weekend, sometimes it is for bottom line reasons, other times psychological reasons. This is a new phenomenon but a strong one, we have to contend with it,” Steinman added. Some people want to play in this new sandbox [of streaming].
“A film needs to be curated in a cinematic way when it’s launched on a platform,” agreed Parleani, who said certain titles, particularly auteur films, can get lost on the online streamers if not properly promoted.
“We’re in a period of flux,” Walak agreed, “We’re waiting for the pendulum to swing back to theatrical, [but] whatever happens we’re not going back to 2019 [when admissions records were being broken around the world]. We have to find a way to work with streamers but also protect theatrical.”
“The pandemic helped free up films from the rigours of exhibition.” “There is renewed flexibility, nobody here is saying we need to revert to a four or six month theatrical window. No one is saying day-and-date can’t happen on the right movie,” said Steinman.
“For us it's always filmmaker-driven and the aim is to have a theatrical release, but we understand some projects are best for streamers,” commented Walak. “We see the strengths in each of the streamers and the brands they’re trying to present. It’s about having a sense of curation, how they’ll talk about and market a film.”
The panel, which was hosted by CAA agent Maren Olsen, discussed how the distribution landscape is evolving as we begin to come out of the other side of the pandemic.
The general consensus among the speakers was that theatrical and streaming ecosystems need to find a way to coexist, and that the traditional theatrical window has been altered for good.
“It’s all about flexibility or you’re done. In a world where films like Dune go day-and-date, all bets are off, you can’t count on a window for any film,” explained Perkins. What’s the solution?
“When you have the biggest players in the market focusing on building their own streaming services, there’s an opportunity for better rentals and longer runs. Cinema audiences are there,” affirmed Perkins. In every crisis, there is opportunity.
Of all the topics raised during this year’s Zurich Summit, the fact that talent now sometimes favor a streaming release over a theatrical one provoked the most debate.
“We are more and more in a monopolistic situation [with the streamers having so much power], that is never good.” “Everything is changing fast, there is not one global state of distribution,” commented Laure Parleani, co-founder of French sales company Totem Films.
“Having that flexibility helps everyone,” he added. The 30West exec added that he believes a Warner Bros-style agreement, where a film has to cross a certain box office threshold to trigger a longer window, made the most sense going forward.

‘Mosul’ & ‘Extraction’ Star Adam Bessa To Lead ‘Contra’, Shoot Underway In Tunisia For Cinenovo, Anonymous Content, Film Constellation, More — Cannes

Film Constellation’s Cannes Market slate includes Cannes Label selection John and the Hole by Pascual Sisto; first footage screening of Scandinavian horror The Twin, starring Teresa Palmer, currently in post-production; and Martian sci-fi Settlers, directed by Wyatt Rockefeller, starring Sofia Boutella.” />
The movie will feature a combination of local actors and non-professionals. A modern day parable about resistance, the film centers on the story of Ali, a young Tunisian who dreams of a better life, making a precarious living selling contraband gas at the local black market. When his father suddenly dies, he's forced to take charge of his two younger sisters and their impending eviction.
The film (previously known as Before Spring) is being directed by Egyptian-British filmmaker Lotfy Nathan and will star French Tunisian actor Adam Bessa, known for his performances in recent action movies Mosul and Extraction.
EXCLUSIVE: Principal photography has started in Tunisia on contemporary drama Contra, set in the aftermath of the powerful anti-government protests that provoked a wave of change in the region, known as the Arab spring.
Director Lotfy Nathan was selected as an HBO Emerging Artist Award. His debut feature doc 12 O'Clock Boys was developed into a feature drama by Barry Jenkins and Sony Pictures, titled Charm City Kings.
Nathan's narrative debut, shot on 35mm film, is being produced by Julie Viez (Long Day's Journey Into Night) of Cinenovo and a host of leading production partners from across Europe and the U.S., including  co-producers Nicole Romano and Tariq Merhab at Anonymous Content (Stillwater), Maurice Fadida (John Henry) at Summertime, Donato Rotunno's Tarantula (Fire Will Come), Detailfilm's Fabian Gasmia (Annette), Habib Attia's Cinetelefilms (The Man Who Sold His Skin), and Benoit Roland's Wrong Men (Zero Fucks Given), in association with Mac Pac Entertainment and Film Constellation.
The company is co-representing North America with CAA Media Finance. Fabien Westerhoff is executive producer alongside, Alex Hughes, Jan McAdoo, Riccardo Maddalosso and Eugene Kotlyarenko. Film Constellation is handling worldwide sales and discussing the project with buyers this week during the Cannes Marché.

‘Lock Every Door’ Series Based On Novel In Works At Paramount TV & Anonymous Content With ‘True Blood’ Duo

Lock Every Door, which has made multiple Summer 2019 Reads lists, was sold to Dutton, a division of Penguin Random House, by Brower of Aevitas Creative Management.” />
The project is a co-production between Paramount TV and Anonymous Content as part of the companies' agreement. EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Television has put in development Lock Every Door, a thriller drama based on Riley Sager's just-released novel, from Anonymous Content, former True Blood executive producer/showrunner Brian Buckner, executive producer Angela Robinson and Michael Sugar's Sugar 23.
Buckner worked on all seven seasons of the show, first as co-executive producer on seasons 1-5, rising to executive producer and showrunner for the final two seasons. The project reunites Robinson and Buckner, their first collaboration since True Blood. Robinson joined True Blood in Season 5 as co-executive producer, rising to executive producer in Season 7.
No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich, famous, or both. No visitors. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's oldest, most elite and secretive buildings in the Upper West Side. When a fellow apartment sitter goes missing, Jules begins to dig into the Bartholomew’s mysterious history, discovering sordid secrets hidden within its walls and that her fate may already be doomed like those that came before her.
Buckner will pen the adaptation and executive produce. Here is a synopsis for the book, published today:
Sager is a pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer. Now a full-time writer, Sager also is the author of bestselling novel Final Girls. He is repped by Aevitas Creative Management and Hotchkiss Daily & Associates.
Sager, David Kuhn and Michelle Brower also executive produce. Margaux Swerdloff will be overseeing the project for Sugar 23. Buckner and Robinson, who also is set to direct, executive produce along with Sugar and Ashley Zalta for Sugar 23.

Amblin Partners Gets Into Business With Anya Kochoff’s ‘Rich Old Broads’

Kochoff wrote the New Line Jane Fonda-Jennifer Lopez hit comedy Monster-in-Law which grossed over $154M WW, and also co-penned Garry Marshall's final movie Mother's Day which starred Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners has acquired the rights to Anya Kochoff's comedy script Rich Old Broads about a group of girlfriends in their '60s on a get-away.
Kochoff is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and attorneys Karl Austen and Marissa Linden at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Rich Old Broads was brought to Amblin by Anonymous Content’s Robyn Meisinger who is producing the project with the studio.
The pic, which stars Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly and John Goodman, hits theaters on March 15.” /> Up next for Amblin Partners is the Focus Features sci-fi thriller Captive State directed by Rupert Wyatt.
We understand this is a hot one for Amblin and they're fast-tracking it. last weekend. Movies targeted toward the 50+ crowd are a box office goldmine with recent successes such as Paramount's Book Club ($68.5M domestic), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($59.6M), and, heck, Warner Bros.' The Mule crossing $100M at the domestic B.O.

Robyn Meisinger Joins Anonymous Content As Manager

Joining Meisinger at Anonymous Content is Ryan Cunningham who started in physical production before working as an assistant at Metropolitan Talent Agency. He started at Madhouse in 2006 and shortly after became a manager/producer.
Veteran lit manager-producer and Madhouse co-founderRobyn Meisinger has joined Anonymous Content.
She used this as a springboard to start her management/producing career.” /> Meisinger began her career at TriStar and then transitioned to being an executive for Barry Mendel at Disney.
Kolbrenner has just launched his own management company, Lit Entertainment Group. For the past 12 years, Meisinger had been partnered with manager-producer Adam Kolbrenner, since the two were appointed in 2006 to head up Los Angeles-based management and production outfit Kustom Entertainment, which they relaunched as Madhouse Entertainment. In 2011, Alcon Entertainment acquired a controlling stake in the boutique management firm which has now been dissolved, with Kolbrenner and Meisinger parting ways.

‘Beasts of No Nation’s Abraham Attah & More To Star In Nigerian Immigrant Drama ‘Tasmanian Devil’

Tricia Woodgett of TigerEye Films is producing the project, while Benny Boom (All Eyez On Me) and Gerald Rawles (Next Day Air) will serve as exec producers.
When he finds acceptance in his process of joining a college fraternity, its challenged by his strict and religious father, leaving him searching for his own moral ground. The timely story follows a 19-year-old Nigerian immigrant (Attah) who, after moving to the US, struggles to bond with his estranged father (Mwine) who abandoned him and his mother (Oduye), in Nigeria, to chase his own calling of becoming a missionary.
Attah, who is of Ghanaian descent, is repped by Anonymous Content.” />
Adepero Oduye (Central Park Five and Pariah), Ntare Mwine (The Chi, Queen of Katwe), and Kwesi Boakye (Claws, Flight) will also co-star in the coming of age tale, which will shoot sometime this year in Dallas, Texas. EXCLUSIVE: Spirit Award-winner Abraham Attah, whose credits include Netflix film Beasts of No Nation and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, will star in Tasmanian Devil, a feature debut from writer/director Solomon Onita, Jr.

‘Catch-22’: George Clooney’s Hulu Limited Series – First Photos

O'Connor (Korn), Pico Alexander (Clevinger), Tessa Ferrer (Nurse Duckett), Lewis Pullman (Major Major), Josh Bold (Dunbar), Jay Paulson (Chaplain) and Julie Ann Emery (Marion). The cast includes Christopher Abbott (Yossarian), Kyle Chandler (Colonel Cathcart), George Clooney (Scheisskopf), Hugh Laurie (Major de Coverley), Giancarlo Giannini (Marcello), Daniel David Stewart (Milo), Rafi Gavron (Aarfy), Austin Stowell (Nately), Graham Patrick Martin (Orr), Gerran Howell (Kid Sampson), Jon Rudnitsky (McWatt), Kevin J.
Catch-22 is executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov on behalf of Smokehouse Pictures, along with Richard Brown and Steve Golin on behalf of Anonymous Content, Davies and Michôd.” />
We're getting a first look at Catch-22, Hulu’s high-profile limited series from George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Hulu has released nine episodic photos for the series (see above and below), which is slated for premiere this spring.
But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of peoplehe has never met are trying to kill him. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

Chris Evans To Star In ‘Defending Jacob’ Apple Limited Series From Mark Bomback & Morten Tyldum

Bomback is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, and David Colden.” /> Evans is repped by CAA, 3 Arts and attorney Jason Sloane. Tyldum is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, and Bloom, Hergott, Diemer.
Created and written by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy) based on William Landay's bestselling novel, the limited series comes  from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Counterpart, Jack Ryan) is attached to direct the series and executive produce.
At Apple, Anonymous and Paramount TV also have a series order for the untitled Hilde Lysiak detective project.
Bomback,,who also will serve as showrunner, Evans and Tyldum executive produce with Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman for Anonymous Content.
Defending Jacob is described as a a gripping, character-driven thriller based on Landay's 2012 novel published by Random House. The book tells the story of a father dealing with the accusation that his son is a 14-year-old murderer.
In TV, Tyldum serves as executive producer on Amazon's Jack Ryan and recently directed an episode of Counterpart. Tyldum received an Oscar nomination for the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer The Imitation Game. He also helmed the Jo Nesbo adaptation Headhunters and most recently the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sci-fi saga Passengers.
Apple has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to drama Defending Jacob, headlined and executive produced byCaptain America and The Avengers star Chris Evans.
Bomback's screenwriting credits include the Planet of the Apes trilogy, The Wolverine and Live Free or Die.
He recently starred on Broadway to critical praise in Lobby Hero and is about to begin production on The Devil All the Time. Evans will next be seen in his final turn as Captain America in the fourth Avengers film.

‘Briarpatch’: Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi & Brian Geraghty To Star In USA Pilot

Dawson alsos serve as producer on the project, described as celebrating the book’s blend of crime, thriller, mystery, and pulp fiction while updating Thomas’ sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation.
When her ten-years-younger sister, Felicity, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. Written by Andy Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Dawson), a tenacious and highly-skilled investigator working in Washington, DC for a young, ambitious Senator. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury.
Jay R. Ferguson, Edi Gathegi and Brian Geraghty have been cast as male leads opposite Rosario Dawson in USA Network’s hourlong pilot Briarpatch, from Universal Cable Productions, Paramount Television, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail’s Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content.
Mad Men alum Ferguson recently starred on CBS’s Living Biblically and ABC’s The Real O’Neals and also had roles in  the Twin Peaks revival and American Crime Story: Assassination of Versace. He will next be seen in Matt Weiner’s new series The Romanoffs on Amazon. Ferguson is repped by Wishlab and Industry.
Briarpatch is executive produced by Greenwald, Esmail through Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton.
Gathegi, who just wrapped Dee Rees’ film The Last Thing He Wanted for Netflix, is repped by ICM Partners and Framework. Gathegi stars on the Crackle series StartUp, whose third season premieres November 1.
Geraghty, who recurred on Ray Donovan, is repped by UTA and Management 360.” />
A former boy scout, a current assistant deacon, and an inveterate professional climber, he was Felicity Dill's boss ever since she was promoted to homicide. Now he's ready and eager to do anything he can to wrap-up the investigation into her murder. Geraghty plays Captain Gene Colder, a model cop and citizen.
Once the poorest kid in town, he's returned from years of shadowy business abroad and reinvented himself as the region's richest swell. Now, it's said, he dabbles: In real estate, in society, in women. Whispers abound that he might just be dabbling in drugs, guns, and politics too — only most locals can't decide which of those would be worse. Ferguson will play Jake Spivey, Allegra's childhood best friend and former running buddy.
Gathegi plays A.D. He was Felicity Dill's friend and is ready to be Allegra Dill's friend too, if only she'll let him. Singe, an estate attorney, an iconoclast, and — rarest of all in these parts — an optimist.

‘Dracula’ & ‘Nottingham’ Creator Cole Haddon Inks With Verve

Haddon has his original spec Leviathan is set up at Sony Pictures.
The plot centers on a disgraced scientist sent to an island that has been overrun by advanced forms of nanotechnology that swirl through the jungle, consuming raw materials. Wilson novella that is set up at 20th Century Fox with Hutch Parker producing. Most recently, Haddon wrote the script for Small Things, an adaptation of the Daniel H.
Haddon, previously with ICM Partners, continues to be repped by Anonymous Content, Felker, Toczek, and 42 in the UK.” />
EXCLUSIVE: Cole Haddon, who created NBC's Dracula and BBC America's Nottingham, has signed with Verve.