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Emmy-winning documentarian R.J. Cutler as teamed up with Industrial Media to launch a new production company.
Cutler (The September Issue, Showtime’s Belushi) will head up This Machine, with an investment from Industrial Media. The latter will have an ownership interest in the new venture, which will join 19 Entertainment, The Intellectual Property Corporation and others in Industrial’s production group.
“R.J. is a gifted filmmaker and a longtime friend,” said Industrial Media CEO Eli Holzman. “Aaron [Saidman, Industrial’s president] and I both have long admired his creative range and have envied his eye for compelling stories that reach broad audiences. We are so excited to be a part of the promising future that This Machine has in store.”
Elise Pearlstein (Food, Inc.) will be executive vp documentaries for This Machine. Devon Hammonds, Industrial Media’s senior vp development and current programming, will also serve as executive vp nonfiction TV for This Machine, focusing on series development. Cutler’s long-time producing partner, Trevor Smith, will be a producer on the company’s original output.
Said Cutler, “I could not be more thrilled about launching This Machine. I’m honored to be in business with Industrial Media and have always had deep admiration for Eli and Aaron and the companies they have built. The opportunity to build a team to expand the work that Trevor and I have been doing for years is a dream come true and we are thrilled to have this new platform to tell high quality stories about the times in which we live.”
Additionally, Project Runway co-creator Jane Cha Cutler has signed a first-look deal with This Machine, reteaming with fellow creator Holzman.
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