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Realscreen January/February 2019

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035 TRAILBLAZERS Tyler Mitchell (r) Head of Imagine Impact Justin Wilkes (l) Head of Imgaine Documentaries ENTERTAINMENT IMAGINE Why develop a designated doc stream at Imagine? Over the past 30-plus years of Imagine's existence, there's always been this draw to real stories. And if you think back to some of the best fi lms that Ron and Brian have been a part of, whether it's Apollo 13 or A Beautiful Mind, and even television programs like Friday Night Lights, so much of their work was based on real people. We've been positioning ourselves, essentially, as a studio, and having the ability to get involved in different aspects of the business that we had before. What kinds of stories does Imagine Documentaries want to tell? The fi lter for us is: are these stories aspirational? Can these stories be told in the most premium way possible, and can we do what Imagine has always done, which is tell these remarkable stories that are commercial and seek to inspire a larger audience? We want to be very fi lmmaker friendly and fi lmmaker focused. It's been really fun getting to sit with people who we've known for years and ask them, what are the stories you want to tell? What are the stories that you haven't been able to tell? What are things that are of interest to you right now? How can we get involved? How can we help to incubate this project? The way you describe it sounds very grassroots. Has there been much dialog with Imagine Impact? Huge fan of it. We've been already talking about how we can extend that into our world a bit. It not only gives a mechanism for undiscovered talent to get in front of buyers and help to nurture their projects, but it also gives an opportunity for reputable talent to come in with a project and get seen in a different kind of a way. It truly is an incubator for ideas and for projects, and so to be able to take that same model and apply it to the non-fi ction world in the coming year is defi nitely something we're talking about and we're interested in. Frederick Blichert It's been really fun getting to sit with people who we've known for years and ask them, what are the stories you want to tell? What are the stories you haven't been able to tell? How can we get involved?"

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