Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have launched Imagine Documentaries, a venture to develop and produce feature documentaries and non-scripted television projects.
Grazer and Howard have named Justin Wilkes to run the division, which will be based in New York. Wilkes, who has been the long-time President of Entertainment and a partner at RadicalMedia, has worked closely enough with Grazer and Howard to have developed a shorthand.
Wilkes collaborated with Grazer and Howard on “Jay Z’s Made in America” (on which Howard made his documentary debut as director) and more recently on the hit National Geographic series, “Mars.” Wilkes co-created and exec produced that series. Its second season debuts this fall.
Imagine has always shown an interest in documentaries, with earlier efforts including “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” “Inside Deep Throat,” and “Beyond The Mat.”
The venture follows Imagine’s Howard-directed Grammy-winning “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week” and the upcoming documentary on Luciano Pavarotti which Howard is also directing.
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