(Burbank, CA) – Continuing Warner Bros.’ commitment to storytelling in all forms and across all platforms, Warner Bros. Digital Networks today announced a first-look deal with Rainy Day Podcasts — a new company formed by Jagged Films partners Mick Jagger & Victoria Pearman (“Shine a Light,” “Get on Up,” “Vinyl,” “Enigma”), producer Steve Bing (“The Polar Express,” “Marley,” “Neil Young: Heart of Gold,” “Shine a Light”), and Oscar-nominated writer Josh Olson (“A History of Violence”) — to produce a slate of original narrative podcasts. Warner Bros. Digital Networks will manage the business and strategy related to the Rainy Day pact; Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital unit Blue Ribbon Content will oversee the creative relationship; and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will be responsible for distribution and sales of the finished podcasts.
Rainy Day partners Mick Jagger & Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, and Josh Olson said: “Everything starts with the word. We’re very excited to be working with Warner Bros. to create an environment where the best writers are free to pursue their passion projects with maximum creative freedom.”
Under the terms of the deal, Rainy Day will produce a slate of up to seven new podcast series stemming from original intellectual property. Projects may include but are not limited to scripted dramas or comedies, non-fiction/docuseries, talk/discussion podcasts and more. To kick off the partnership with Warner Bros., Rainy Day has set initial production deals with acclaimed Peabody and Independent Spirit Award–winning filmmaker Allison Anders (“Grace of My Heart,” “Gas Food Lodging”), screenwriter John Brancato (“The Game,” “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), and writer/producer Zack Stentz (“Thor,” “X-Men: First Class,” “The Flash” TV series).
Robert Steele, Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, said: “Storytelling is at the core of everything we do at Warner Bros., and we look forward to expanding that mission to the world of original narrative podcasts. We are extremely excited about this partnership with the Rainy Day team, a talented group of storytellers with an incredible track record of creating projects of the highest quality across multiple platforms.”
Singer, songwriter, producer and actor Mick Jagger is a founding member and vocalist of the legendary rock and roll band the Rolling Stones, as well as an accomplished solo artist. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the UK Music Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jagger joined forces with producer and film executive Victoria Pearman in 1995 to form Jagged Films, and the Jagged Films partners have produced a number of projects for film and television. Jagged Films credits include Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary “Shine a Light”; the HBO drama series “Vinyl,” created by Jagger with Scorsese; the Tate Taylor–directed film “Get on Up,” starring Chadwick Boseman as James Brown; Alex Gibney’s Peabody Award–winning and Grammy-nominated documentary “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”; the Diane English–directed film “The Women”; the World War II thriller “Enigma,” directed by Michael Apted and written by Tom Stoppard, starring Kate Winslet; the Rolling Stones documentaries “Crossfire Hurricane” (nominated for an Emmy Award) and “Stones in Exile”; Kevin Macdonald’s documentary “Being Mick,” which chronicled a year in Jagger’s life, including the recording of his 2001 album “Goddess in the Doorway”; and more.
Steve Bing previously founded Shangri-La Entertainment, with films including “The Polar Express” and “Beowulf,” both directed by Robert Zemeckis; a collaboration with Jagged Films on director Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light” documentary about the Rolling Stones; the documentary “Marley,” about music legend Bob Marley, directed by Kevin Macdonald; the documentary “Heart of Gold,” about Neil Young, directed by Jonathan Demme; Barry Levinson’s comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray; Albert Brooks’ film “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World”; and Christopher Guest’s “For Your Consideration,” among others.
Josh Olson was nominated for an Academy Award in the adapted screenplay category for writing the feature film “A History of Violence,” directed by David Cronenberg. He was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Award, among other nominations, for his work on the picture. In the world of podcasts, Olson has written two seasons of the “Bronzeville” audio drama, executive produced by and starring Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate, and he co-hosts “The Movies That Made Me” podcast with director Joe Dante, which features filmmakers discussing movies that influenced them. His additional film and TV credits include writing the “Have I Got a Story for You” segment of the “Batman: Gotham Knight” anthology film for Warner Bros. Animation and DC, writing “The Discarded” episode of the ABC anthology television series “Masters of Science Fiction” with legendary author Harlan Ellison, and writing and directing the horror/thriller film “Infested.”
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