Bregman, WIP ink 2-year story


New York-based producer Anthony Bregman and his shingle Likely Story have signed a two-year, first-look deal with Warner Independent Pictures.

Bregman is in the early stages of putting together a slate to accompany the new deal for his company, which was formed in October, though he is busy on a slew of movies. Likely Story is in postproduction on the horror thriller "Carriers" and the sci-fi thriller "The Sleep Dealer," both being produced in collaboration with This Is That, and in preproduction on Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York." Likely Story also is in the process of casting "It Is What It Is," scheduled to shoot in the summer.

Bregman comes to WIP with strong relationships with noted filmmakers in the art house world. "Synecdoche" marks his third movie with Kaufman, and he is working on a fourth movie with "Friends With Money" writer-director Nicole Holofcener and a second project with "The Ex" director Jesse Peretz.

"I like working with certain groups of people whom I respect and enjoy the process of working with. I don't have a genre or a particular philosophy other than making cool, smart movies with people I admire," said Bregman, who added that he found the fresh team under WIP president Polly Cohen appealing and a factor in his wanting to align with division.

Bregman's producer credits include such films as "Thumbsucker," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Lovely and Amazing," and he served as associate producer on "The Ice Storm" and "The Brothers McMullen."

Under Cohen, WIP has been busy gathering producers under its wings. In April, it signed a two-year, first-look deal with Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa's Bona Fide Prods. and closed a five-year deal to co-finance and co-produce up to 30 films with a new production outfit, Volume One.

Bregman and Likely Story are repped by UTA and attorney Craig Emmanuel.