Indie Companies: Imagine Documentaries

Imagine Documentaries:
Imagine Documentaries was formed in 2018 by Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard with a focus on developing and producing premium feature documentaries and non-scripted television.

Based out of New York, Imagine Docs is run by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy, Peabody and Producer’s Guild Award-winning producers Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein. The division expands on Imagine’s rich history in the documentary space which includes the hit documentary series Mars and Breakthrough (National Geographic) as well as the Ron Howard-directed films Jay- Z’s Made in America, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2017 Grammy winner for Best Music Film), Pavarotti, and the Sundance 2020 documentary feature Rebuilding Paradise (National Geographic Films).  Recent releases include Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band (Magnolia Pictures), D Wade: Life Unexpected (ESPN Films), Dads (Apple+), The Day Sports Stood Still (HBO); On Pointe (Disney+), We Are The Brooklyn Saints (Netflix); Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (Netflix);  Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine (Showtime); and Who Are You Charlie Brown?, a celebration of the life and work of Charles Schulz (AppleTV+). Upcoming projects include, Paper & Glue, directed by legendary French artist JR; Gossip, a limited series chronicling Cindy  Adams’ four-decade career at the New York Post as the “reigning queen of gossip” (Showtime); Julia, the definitive documentary on Julia Child, directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West (Sony Pictures Classic); The Supermodels, a docuseries featuring the iconic careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington (AppleTV+)the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary on New York’s 1970’s music scene and the New York Dolls; Black and Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong (AppleTV+); Amy Poehler’s documentary feature directing debut, Lucy & Desi, on the personal and professional partnership between Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz; Ron Howard’s next documentary feature film on chef Jose Andres and the World Central Kitchen organization (National Geographic Films); and a Rory Kennedy directed feature documentary investigating Boeing’s 737-Max airplane crashes (Netflix).

About Delirio Films:
Delirio Films, run by partners Rafael Marmor and Christopher Leggett, is an independent production company with a particular emphasis on premium documentaries. For over 10 years, it has built a library of films which embody a unique combination of artistic integrity and commercial viability. Delirio premiered three features at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival: Magnolia Film’s Mike Wallace Is Here, Hulu Original Ask Dr. Ruth and Amazon’s Honey Boy which earned director Alma Har’el a DGA Award. Past films include SXSW Audience Award Winner Becoming Bond and Too Funny To Fail which marked Hulu’s launch into original documentaries Alma Har’el’s LoveTrue and her Tribeca winner Bombay Beach, Magnolia Films’ No Place On Earth, Netflix’s first original film and SXSW Audience Award winner The Short Game and Sundance Audience Award winner The Green Prince. Last fall in partnership with LeBron James’ SpringHill company Delirio premiered the Emmy-nominated Netflix docu-series The Playbook profiling championship-winning coaches as they share the rules they live by to achieve success in sports and in life. Past series include Hunting ISIS for History and Avi Belkin’s true crime series No One Saw A Thing for SundanceTV. They are currently in production on a Magic Johnson documentary series and recently released Shadow Kingdom a concert film for Bob Dylan directed by Alma Har’el.