For their work, Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner, along with Pitt, will receive this year’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18.
The Plan B origin story is a two-parter. From 2001 to 2005, Brad Pitt ran the Oscar-winning production company behind The Departed with his then-wife, Jennifer Aniston, and the late Brad Grey. But in 2005, Grey took the top job at Paramount, and the high-profile couple split, leaving Pitt in need of a new brain trust. Enter Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, both recent hires at Plan B who helped usher in the company’s new era, which has spanned hit films like World War Z and Eat Pray Love and two more best picture wins with 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight.
Fifteen years and nearly 30 films later, Plan B remains one of the most envied banners in Hollywood. Since 2013, Gardner, 52, and Kleiner, 43, have run the company with Pitt as a triumvirate and have moved aggressively in TV, backing such Emmy winners as The Normal Heart and Feud: Bette and Joan. For their work, the pair, along with Pitt, 56, will receive this year’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18.
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The Producers Guild unveiled the year’s best in film and TV producing Saturday at the 31st annual PGA Awards at the Hollywood Palladium, with Universal’s 1917 taking the top film prize. It keeps the momentum going strong for Sam Mendes’ World War I epic, which is produced and financed by Amblin Partners and New Republic, after it picked up the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama earlier this month.
Other honorees included Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B, who received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Amazon Strikes Overall TV Deal With Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment & Sets Mystery Drama ‘Outer Range’
Amazon has struck an exclusive overall television deal with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
This marks the first ever exclusive TV agreement for Plan B, which met with a number of studios and streamers before setting up TV home at Amazon Studios.
Under the pact, Plan B, run by co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, have teamed with the streamer on thriller drama Outer Range, created by playwright Brian Watkins. It centers on a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. Zev Borow, Heather Rae, and Plan B Entertainment executive produce.
At Amazon, Plan B already is producing Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad, an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel. The story centers on young Cora (Thuso Mbedu), a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who learns about the Underground Railroad from Caesar (Aaron Pierre), a recent arrival from Virginia; both decide to escape. The show is set to air later this year.
“Sweetbitter” has come to a bittersweet end.
The half-hour drama has been canceled by Starz after two seasons on the network. Season 2 wrapped up in August.
The half-hour drama series was based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler. It followed a 22-year-old woman (Ella Purnell) who, shortly after arriving in New York, landed a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant.
The series also starred Tom Sturridge, Caitlin FitzGerald, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Mathews, Daniyar, and Paul Sparks. Danler served as creator, executive producer and writer on the series. Stuart Zicherman served as showrunner and executive producer along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B.
Brad Pitt is everywhere these days, from revealing interviews in the New York Times Magazine to Oscar parties to support “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But he’s also a top producer, a partner with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner in Plan B. The respected trio will accept the coveted David O. Selznick Achievement Award — recognizing an outstanding body of work in motion pictures — at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Plan B is behind a raft of distinctive film and television projects; Pitt, Kleiner and Gardner place a premium on developing emerging talent and ignoring commercial concerns. This unconventional strategy has yielded Best Picture winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” and Oscar-winners “If Beale Street Could Talk,” starring Regina King, and “The Big Short,” as well as Oscar-nominated “Vice,” “Selma” and “The Tree of Life.” Other films include Pitt-starrers “Ad Astra” and “World War Z” (which has a sequel in the works), “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” directed by Joe Talbot, Netflix’s “The King,” starring Timothee Chalamet, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
They are currently in post-production on “Blonde,” directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas for Netflix, and Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun for A24.
The producing trio will accept the honor at the Jan. 18 ceremony.
The Producers Guild of America will give the David O. Selznick Achievement Award to Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards.
The prize, named after the Oscar-winning producer of Gone With the Wind and Rebecca, is given to producers for their “outstanding body of work in motion pictures.” Past recipients have included Barbara Broccoli, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and last year’s honoree Kevin Feige.
Plan B has produced a number of Academy Award-winning films over its 18-year run, including best picture winners 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight. Other Oscar nominations for the company include their movies Vice, The Big Short, Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Tree of Life.
“For nearly two decades, Plan B has been at the forefront of bringing unique and compelling stories that inspire, motivate and connect to diverse audiences,” PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said Thursday in a joint statement. “Their devotion to tackling some of America’s most timely topics with a fresh perspective and distinct voice in their storytelling is vital to raising the bar of the art and craft of filmmaking.”
Netflix has released the final trailer for writer-director David Michod’s The King, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Robert Pattinson (The Batman) as their characters face off in the Battle of Agincourt. The film will be available for streaming on November 1, exclusively on Netflix. Check out the video in the player below!
Based on literary icon William Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV Part 1, Henry Part 2, and Henry V, The King is a modern-day Shakespearean adaptation from the screenwriting duo Michod and Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, who’ve worked together on Animal Kingdom. It will follow the story of Hal, a wayward prince, who ascends to the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, and inherited war and chaos.