Idris Elba's Green Door Pictures Hires Ana Garanito as Head of Development

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Ana Garanito

The FremantleMedia International alum will join executive consultant Stewart Till and Elba to expand the company's footprint in scripted film and TV.

Idris Elba is bolstering his Green Door Pictures production company by hiring Ana Garanito as head of development.

Garanito, whose résumé includes stints at Runaway Fridge Prods. and FremantleMedia International, will join executive consultant Stewart Till and Elba to expand the company's footprint in scripted film and TV.

“I couldn't be more excited to have Ana join Green Door," Elba said in a statement. "Ana is smart, tenacious and shares my commitment to finding great material that is character- and story-driven and lives in the zeitgeist. Stewart Till, with his vast experience, has been a constant source of direction and guidance. My company benefits from his presence.”

Green Door is aligning its forces across scripted and non-scripted TV, film and theater, while championing diversity. One of its first projects for the production company was the 2015 documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me. Directed by Daniel Vernon, the film followed Elba on a journey of self-exploration in South Africa during the filming of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, in which he starred as the political hero. The doc also chronicled the actor’s struggle to produce Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela, an album of South African music paying tribute to Mandela, while coping with the sudden death of his father, who also was his role model.

Next up for Green Door is A Hundred Streets, a narrative feature in which Elba stars opposite Gemma Arterton. The film is set to premiere at the LA Film Festival in June. Filming also is underway on the second season of Discovery’s documentary series No Limits, with co-producers Shine North.

Other co-productions include the documentary Cut From a Different Cloth, which follows Elba as he teams up with enigmatic entrepreneur and Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton for a risky new business venture. Also in the works is the TV series Guerilla, which has Sky and Showtime attached as broadcasters for their respective territories.

Garanito joins operations manager Vikki Barron, an ITV and BBC alum, and group finance manager Carol Harris (Firecracker, ITV).

Elba is repped by WME, The Artists Partnership and attorney James Finney.

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