DEADLINE Exclusive: Reboot Launches Reboot Studios
EXCLUSIVE: The Jewish non-profit Reboot has launched its own production company Reboot Studios, which will provide seed funding for and develop Jewish content across theater, television, film, podcasts, music and publishing.
The new banner stems from Reboot’s past successes funding projects across all media, including Saturday Night Seder, with Jason Alexander, Billy Porter, Henry Winkler, Pamela Adlon, Cynthia Erivo and more. That virtual Passover production was put on as a means of bolstering the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund in the early days of the pandemic, and would ultimately raise more than $3.5M.
Reboot Studios’ advisory board, comprised of distinguished industry leaders and creators who will be actively shepherding and guiding projects, includes Showtime’s EVP of Scripted Programming, Amy Israel; Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter Benj Pasek (Dear Evan Hansen); Searchlight Pictures President David Greenbaum; Amblin Partners’ President of Production Jeb Brody; Tony Award-winning producer and Ars Nova co-founder Jenny Steingart; Media Res Studio’s CEO & Founder Michael Ellenberg; Amazon’s Global Head of Editorial Raymond Roker; Smokehouse Pictures President Rebecca Arzoian; and Linden Productions CEO Riva Marker.
Notable projects in the works at Reboot Studios include the film Boom from #1 New York Times bestseller Adam Mansbach (Go the Fuck to Sleep); such scripted series as Tribe and Miss Flamingo (w/t); an untitled Lacey Schwartz Delgado documentary; and the podcast The Amtlai Tapes from Transparent creator Joey Soloway.
“The Jewish tradition is, at its heart, a storytelling tradition,” added David Kohan, a Reboot Studios investor best known as the co-creator of Will & Grace. “What Reboot Studios aims to do is continue this tradition of storytelling, but instead of stories, they call it content, and instead of stone tablets or parchment, they use every type of media platform that exists in 2022.”
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