Mark Boal Company Scores Megan Ellison as Backer, Taps Hugo Lindgren as President

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Since Zero Dark Thirty is centered on a real story, Boal had to balance entertainment with fact. "It's always entertainment, but that's not mutually exclusive. It's not a documentary, but in some ways it's more exciting than a documentary because you can bring things to life in a more vivid way." 


Boal, who wrote and produced "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," is ramping up his Page 1 production company with a goal of teaming journalists with film and TV studios.

Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning writer and producer behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, has secured funding from Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures for his Page 1 movie and television production banner.

At the same time, Boal has tapped former New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren, who most recently served as acting editor of The Hollywood Reporter, to run the shingle, acting as company president. Lindgren will be based in New York.

Matthew Budman, a co-producer on Zero Dark Thirty, will be Annapurna's executive overseeing Page 1, which has a goal of teaming journalists and authors with film producers to make movies and TV out of compelling ripped-from-the-headlines stories. Jonathan Leven, also a Zero Dark Thirty co-producer, will act as a development and production exec for Page 1. He was previously a vice president at Bauer Martinez Entertainment.

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Boal, a journalist who embedded with troops during the Iraq War, earned the best picture and best original screenplay Oscar for the 2009 bomb squad drama The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film won a total of six Oscars.

He again collaborated with Bigelow on the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty, which was backed by Ellison's Annapurna and was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture and best original screenplay. Boal is currently writing an undisclosed script for Bigelow, but she is not involved in Page 1, which hopes to follow in the steps of movies such as Lone Survivor and Captain Phillips, telling stories based on nonfiction books and events.

Lindgren served as acting editor for The Hollywood Reporter for three months as Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of the entertainment group of Guggenheim Media, expanded her duties to include oversight of Billboard's editorial content. Lindgren served as top editor for the Times magazine for three years. Previously, he was deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and editorial director of New York magazine.

"I am excited to seek out the most enterprising journalists, develop scripts and match them with Mark and Megan, the best one-two punch of writing and producing in Hollywood," Lindgren said in a statement.

Boal is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman.