Topic Studios Inks First-Look Deal With The Population

Venice Film Festival


Producers Mynette Louie, Mollye Asher and Derek Nguyen are behind the new indie banner.

Spotlight producer Topic Studios has signed a first-look deal with The Population, the independent production company formed by Nomadland producer Mollye Asher, Mynette Louie and Derek Nguyen.

The Populations's first two films are I Carry You With Me from director Heidi Ewing and Sony Pictures Classics,  and Swallow from director Carlo Mirabella-Davis and IFC Films.

The first look deal expands ties between Topic Studios and Louie, who are jointly working on a scripted limited TV drama series.

The deal also comes amid an award season campaign for Zhao's Nomadland from Searchlight Pictures, a movie that was produced by Asher and earned top prizes at Venice and Toronto. Before launching The Population, Louie, Asher and Nguyen worked together at the women director-focused film fund Gamechanger Films, which Louie ran.

"We couldn’t be more excited and thrilled to collaborate with the gifted storytellers of The Population. We look forward to partnering with the accomplished trio of Mynette Louie, Mollye Asher, and Derek Nguyen to bring many very special projects to life," Maria Zuckerman, executive vp at Topic Studios, said in a statement.