Five filmmakers mentored through the NYU Production Lab have signed development deals through a new television-specific program with the rapidly-growing, Emmy-award winning OBB Pictures in West Hollywood.
There’s a big difference between making an excellent film, and getting an excellent film made.
The former involves vision, technical acumen, and creative leadership. The latter requires different skills: networking, pitching, responsiveness, and flexibility.
When NYU’s Production Lab was founded in 2014, it was precisely to help NYU student and alumni artists—regardless of school affiliation—with this second set of skills.
“We had amazing storytellers creating ground-breaking films, and they were graduating and thinking, ‘Now what?’,” said John Tintori, professor of Graduate Film at Tisch, who founded the NYU Production Lab together with University Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost Linda Mills. “We realized the best way to serve our filmmakers—which, it turned out, included students and graduates from all of NYU's schools—would be to create a center where they could learn, in practical terms, how to get their creative work out into the world, such as opening doors at production companies, selling their projects, and signing deals that serve their individual interests.”
Since then, the NYU Production Lab has helped launch numerous careers, including those of Chloé Zhao and Cathy Yan, both of whom have signed on to direct upcoming large-studio superhero movies for release in 2020 (Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie and The Eternals with Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie, respectively).
And just last month, the Production Lab enabled five studentas to sign development deals through a new television-specific program with the rapidly-growing, Emmy-award winning OBB Pictures in Los Angeles, known for producing hits like Netflix’s “Historical Roasts,” Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls,” and ESPN’s “30 for 30.”