Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has promoted Justin Wilkes, who heads the corporate’s documentary division, to be its chief inventive officer.
Currently the top of Imagine Documentaries, Wilkes will now tackle an expanded position and work carefully with the heads of the movie, TV, docs, branded leisure, youngsters & household and worldwide divisions, in addition to Jax Media and Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, in creating alternatives throughout the corporate. Wilkes will assist the corporate focus in direction of a cohesive inventive imaginative and prescient that can hyperlink to and information Imagine’s strategic and enterprise targets.
“We are thrilled to have Justin expand his role at Imagine. Over the years, he has shown he is creatively ambitious, has a keen eye for talent and story and has the ability to masterfully execute his productions. He is a powerful producer and collaborator, and incredibly talent-friendly, engaging with storytellers in a way that allows them to actualize their vision and maximize their abilities. We are excited for him to work across all of our divisions to further the creative ambitions of the company,” Grazer and Howard mentioned in a joint assertion.
“Ron and Brian have built one of the most admired, truly creatively-led companies in the business and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our partnership in documentaries over the years,” Wilkes mentioned in an announcement. “There’s so much creative IP being generated within the building, led by our talented division heads, and I genuinely look forward to unlocking even more potential across our entire slate and creative output.”
Wilkes joined Imagine in 2018 as president of Imagine Documentaries alongside government vice chairman Sara Bernstein, overseeing such movies as “Rebuilding Paradise,” “On Pointe” and “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.” The division’s upcoming tasks embody Martin Scorsese’s New York Dolls documentary on Showtime, in addition to different new documentary movies from Antoine Fuqua, Rory Kennedy, Julie Cohen and Betsy West, Amy Poehler, Barbara Kopple and one other from Ron Howard.
Wilkes additionally heads up Imagine’s branded storytelling initiatives and produced the mockumentary quick “John Bronco.” Imagine is presently in manufacturing on a movie titled “MARS 2080” and has created strategic partnerships with Walmart, P&G and Nike.
Prior to becoming a member of Imagine, Wilkes and Imagine collectively produced Jay-Z’s “Made in America” alongside Grazer and Howard and the hit National Geographic collection “Mars,” which Wilkes co-created and government produced.
Variety first reported the information.
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