Imagine TV Sets ‘Mindscaping’ as First China Series (EXCLUSIVE)

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Imagine Television is developing “Mindscaping,” a 24-episode science fiction series written by Oscar Yang (“Medical Examiner Dr. Qin,” “The Ten Deadly Sins”). The series is the first Chinese-language series developed by Imagine Television, part of Bria…

Imagine Entertainment Acquires Majority Stake in Marginal Mediaworks

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Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has taken a majority stake in Marginal Mediaworks, a media company focused on genre storytelling from marginalized voices.
Grazer and Howard announced on Tuesday along with Marginal CEO Sanjay S…

Imagine Entertainment Broadens Footprint, Takes Majority Stake In Marginal Mediaworks

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EXCLUSIVE: In the latest in a series of moves to diversity their venerable production company, Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have acquired a majority state in Marginal Mediaworks and will work with founder/CEO Sanjay Sharma…

Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Launch Imagine’s Innovative Pod Producer Program With Bobby Cohen & Julie Oh

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EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Entertainment chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have started an innovative offshoot program to supplement the films they make. In an effort to streamline the movie development process, they’ve thinned the ranks of creative e…

HanWay Films Boards Ron Howard’s Pavarotti Movie Ahead Of AFM, Production Under Way

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EXCLUSIVE: HanWay Films has boarded international sales rights with White Horse Pictures to Ron Howard’s documentary about iconic opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.
Pavarotti, which will be on sale at the AFM, is being made by Universal Music Group’…

Imagine Impact Teams With WeWork; Pacific Design Center Space To Serve As Hub For Incubator Program

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EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Impact and WeWork have entered into a collaboration, where WeWork’s Pacific Design Center space in West Hollywood will serve as home base for Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s premium content accelerator program which is headed by …

Imagine Entertainment Names Karen Lunder as EVP of Production

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Imagine Entertainment has promoted longtime producer Karen Lunder as its new EVP of production, overseeing the company’s film production and development slate.

Lunder’s promotion follows the Erica Huggins’ decision to exit Imagine after 14 years, the last five as president, to head of Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door production company

Lunder, who joined Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s company last year, most recently executive produced and oversaw the production on the Mila Kunis-Kate McKinnon comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and is currently overseeing Andrew Adamson’s new adaptation of “Curious George” and David Gordon Green’s “Friday Night Lights” reboot.

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Lunder came to Imagine from Filmnation Entertainment, where she was EVP of production. She executive produced Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated hit “Arrival,” John Lee Hancock’s critically acclaimed drama “The Founder” and produced Fox Searchlight’s “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer.

She also developed and co-produced Gavin Hood’s 2016 political thriller “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren.

“Karen is an exceptional creative force who seamlessly navigates between varying genres and budgets. She has great taste in material, unique vision, and is the consummate collaborator. We are excited for her to lead us in this new direction,” Grazer and Howard said in a statement.

Since moving to an independent model, Imagine has been using its own resources to develop and package a slate that includes the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy, “A Journey of a thousand Miles” and the musical “Tick, Tick…Boom!” that is slated to become Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut.

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Imagine Entertainment Ups Karen Lunder To Head Film Development & Production

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Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has promoted Karen Lunder to EVP Production, overseeing film development and production.
Lunder joined Imagine a year ago as a senior motion picture executive under Imagine Entertainment preside…

Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Hires Erica Huggins as President

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Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door production company has hired former Imagine Entertainment president Erica Huggins to serve in the same role.

Huggins will oversee development for all content including film, television, literature, music and digital. She spent the past 14 years at Imagine Entertainment, with the last five as president.

The hire comes two years after Jason Clark was brought on board by MacFarlane as president of production and business development.

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“I’m excited to begin working with Erica as we embark on a new creative chapter in the life of this production company.  She has demonstrated impeccable taste, an undeniable flair for artful, visionary leadership, and a strong, distinct point of view that is rare and essential in this competitive landscape,” said MacFarlane in a statement. “The level of experience she brings as we seek out and develop worthwhile projects is an asset to say the least.  But what’s most important to me is that she shares my ambitions not only to entertain, but also to support creative visions that have something of substance to say in these unsettling times.”

On TV, Fuzzy Door produces MacFarlane’s longrunning animated comedies “Family Guy” and “American Dad,” the later of which airs on TBS. The company also has the live-action “The Orville,” heading into its second season on Fox, as well as the next installment of “Cosmos,” titled “Possible Worlds,” which airs on both Fox and NatGeo.

On the feature film side, Fuzzy Door has produced R-rated comedies “Ted,” “Ted 2” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”

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“Seth’s energy and creative genius is infectious and disarming. I am thrilled to be part of expanding on Fuzzy Door’s already diverse slate of TV and feature development as well as focusing in on the next wave of content,” said Huggins, in a statement. “I am especially excited by the entrepreneurial mandate I’ve been given to be expansive and build a company that looks out towards the future. Finding unique voices and stories that are authentic and courageous, hilarious and outrageous, political and dramatic will all be part of our strategy to elevate storytelling in all formats. Brian and Ron’s innovative thinking and generous partnership have left an indelible mark on my creative process.”

Huggins mostly worked on feature films at Imagine, producing “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” “Get On Up” and “The Dark Tower.” She was also an executive producer on “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Flightplan” and “J. Edgar.” The company was first established in 1998.

“Erica covered expansive creative ground in her time at Imagine. Whatever the genre or budget range, her excellent taste, hard work and thoughtful leadership has always been additive. She doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations or ignore production challenges. Erica truly loves this business and makes it a pleasure for those she is collaborating with,” said Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Chairmen of Imagine Entertainment.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct Film of Jonathan Larson’s Pre-‘Rent’ Musical ‘Tick, Tick … Boom’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his directorial debut with a film adaptation of “Tick, Tick…Boom!” the autobiographical musical of the late “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson, Imagine Entertainment announced Thursday.

Miranda, who starred in the Off-Broadway poduction of this musical, will also produce with Imagine Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, along with Julie Oh. Larson’s sister, Julie Larson, will be executive producer while “Dear Evan Hansen” playwright Steven Levenson will adapt the screenplay.

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Taking place in 1990, “Tick, Tick…Boom!” follows Jon, a waiter and aspiring composer who hopes that his next theatrical project, “Superbia,” will bring him his Broadway dreams. But as his roommate prepares to move out and take a high-paying advertising job and his girlfriend pressures him to give up on his play, Jon begins to wonder if his dreams are worth it.

“Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in Rent first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences. But it was Tick, Tick…Boom! that solidified that drive in me to hone my own voice as a playwright,” said Miranda in a statement.

“On stage, playing the role of ‘Jon’ in 2014 was one of my most honored achievements. To now have the opportunity to make my film directorial debut, in collaboration with the Larson Family and this incredible creative team, and to adapt a work I love so deeply, is a humbling privilege.”

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Miranda is set to star alongside Emily Blunt in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which comes out this Christmas. He will also produce a film adaptation of his first musical, “In the Heights,” for Warner Bros. and will return to the stage to play the lead role as part of a three-week engagement to benefit rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Miranda and Levenson are represented by WME. The Larson Estate is represented by Paradigm and The Guzman Law Group.

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Imagine Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helming Debut: ‘Rent’ Creator Jonathan Larson’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’; ‘Evan Hansen’s Steven Levenson Scripting

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EXCLUSIVE: In what shapes up as a stage-to-film transfer with iconic Broadway talent, Imagine Entertainment has set Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to make his feature directorial debut on Tick, Tick…Boom! That is based on the autobiographica…

Bumble Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd Is First Woman on Imagine Entertainment Board of Directors

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Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of the social networking app Bumble, has been named to the board of directors for Imagine Entertainment, the company announced Tuesday. Wolfe Herd joins Tom Freston, Jeff Sagansky, Michael Lynton and Richard Rosenbla…

Bumble Founder/CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd Joins Imagine Entertainment Board

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Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder/CEO of the social networking app Bumble, has been added as a non-voting member of the board of directors of Imagine Entertainment by chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. She joins Tom Freston, Jeff Sagansky, Michael Lyn…

Imagine Entertainment Signs Justin Wilkes as Head of New Documentary Wing

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Imagine Entertainment chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced Tuesday that producer Justin Wilkes is joining the company to launch its new venture, Imagine Documentaries.

Based in New York, Imagine Docs will focus on developing and producing feature documentaries and non-scripted television. Wilkes served as a producer on Howard’s documentary debut, “Jay-Z’s Made In America,” and was also a producer on the National Geographic series “Mars.” Wilkes has won multiple Emmys and Peabody Awards and was recently nominated for an Oscar as a producer on the Netflix doc “What Happened, Miss Simone?

“We are so excited to have Justin join the team. He combines unique vision and masterful execution in all his projects. In the world of filmmaking and documentaries, he is a visionary. We have enjoyed our successful collaborations over the years, and are excited for what is to come in the future,” said Grazer and Howard in a statement.

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“Partnering with Ron, Brian and Michael has been a life-long dream of mine and to have an opportunity to expand their stellar brand in a new genre is an exciting proposition. Imagine Docs aims to be a welcoming home for filmmakers and tap into the vibrant entertainment community in New York, ” said Wilkes in a statement.

Wilkes is a veteran in the premium non-scripted television and film world, having produced and executive produced a slate of award-winning projects including Liz Garbus’ Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning film, “What Happened, Miss Simone,” Joe Berlinger’s Oscar-nominated, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” the recent Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” “Bobby Kennedy for President,” “Abstract: The Art of Design,” six seasons of Oprah’s “Masterclass” and the recent, critically-acclaimed New York Times documentary series, “The Fourth Estate” for Showtime, which premiered at the closing night film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

In addition to focusing on premium non-fiction entertainment, Wilkes will also head up Imagine’s branded storytelling initiatives. Wilkes’ work has been honored with numerous industry accolades including multiple Cannes Lions and Clios.

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Global Road To Reboot Japanese Anime ‘Tiger & Bunny’ With Imagine Entertainment & Bandai Namco

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Donald Tang’s Global Road Entertainment is rebooting hit Japanese anime TV series Tiger & Bunny for the big screen.
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Imagine Entertainment Not Filling CEO Role After Charlie Corwin Exit, “Invested In Him Going Forward”

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Imagine Entertainment created a CEO position when it hired former Endemol Shine North America co-CEO Charlie Corwin in late 2016. The company has reverted to its previous structure with no CEO following the exit of Corwin who quietly left the company i…