Veteran Producer Todd Garner Sets First-Look Deal With Covert Media

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Garner and Covert Media, formed in August 2015, intend to partner on two to four movies a year.

Independent production and distribution company Covert Media has struck a two-year, first-look deal with veteran producer Todd Garner.

Covert Media and Garner's Broken Road Productions will collaborate on two to four films a year, with Covert providing financing and handling worldwide rights. Their intention is to focus on midrange films that the major studios are shying away from.

"The flexibility of independent filmmaking and financing allow us to be more entrepreneurial in the ever-changing feature film landscape," Garner said Wednesday in making the announcement with Covert CEO Paul Hanson.

Added Hanson: “Todd has a perfect eye for distinctive, commercial and quality films spanning a wide range of genres."

Covert and Broken Road, whose team also includes Sean Robins and Jeremy Stein, are expected to announce their first projects in the coming weeks.

Garner has been involved in the making of more than 100 movies, including when serving as co-president of production at Disney. He later did a stint at Revolution Studios, where he oversaw the development and production of Black Hawk Down and Daddy Day Care, among other titles. Garner formed Broken Road in 2005, producing Knight and Day for Fox, Into the Storm for New Line and the Paul Blart: Mall Cop series for Sony. Upcoming projects include Vacation Friends starring Ice Cube, Rebel Wilson's Bad Romance and True Memoirs of an International Assassin starring Kevin James and Andy Garcia.

Covert Media was launched in August 2015 and currently is prepping Ophelia, with Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley in talks to star.

The first-look deal was negotiated by Covert’s Chet Devaskar, with Jacob A. Bloom and Patrick Knapp of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman negotiating on behalf of  Garner and Broken Road.