AGC Studios, the production company for Tinder Swindler, has launched a new non-fiction and unscripted content division led by former Magical Elves CEO Joel Zimmer.
AGC Unwritten will develop, finance, produce and distribute the company’s nascent Unscripted Slate, with Zimmer serving as President. The intention is that the non-scripted space fits in with AGC’s busy activities in the feature film and scripted TV arena.
Founded by Stuard Ford in 2018, AGC Studios non-fiction includes the upcoming documentary series Nobu, about famed restaurant owner and entrepreneur Nobu Matsuhisa, by documentary director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Where’s My Roy Cohn?). ). The company has also co-financed three documentaries with CNN Films, including Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, John Lewis: Good Trouble, and Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer.
The new film and television company’s non-fiction books will be announced shortly. The list includes several projects led by BJ Levin, who is joining the new company from AGC Studios as executive vice president of non-fiction content. Zimmer is also building a leadership team.
Zimmer most recently served as Executive VP of Development for Magical Elves, where he led a variety of development projects for Disney+, Amazon, Netflix, ABC/Hulu, Peacock, National Geographic and Discovery+.
He previously managed independent production banner Snow Day Entertainment, which produced and developed projects for A&E Originals, FOX Studios and Zee Americas. Prior to that, as Head of Current for 495 Productions, he oversaw and produced over 500 hours of programming for a variety of cable and broadcast networks.
Zimmer began his entertainment career as a full-time touring standup comedian and co-founded the patented That Guy! card game, which was also the first project he packaged as a TV show.
Ford said, “Having released more than 30 premium quality films and TV shows in just four years, it is extremely exciting for AGC to continue expanding their production roster with the launch of AGC Unwritten. We are privileged to have a recognized industry heavyweight like Joel on board to lead the new company and I look forward to seeing AGC continue to evolve into unscripted formats, game shows, documentaries and alternative programming in the near future.”
Lourdes Diaz, AGC’s Chief Creative Officer, added, “We are excited to launch AGC Unwritten with Joel Zimmer at the helm. His experience, intelligence, instincts and passion make him the perfect person to add to our solid roster through meaningful partnerships with creators, world-class talent and impactful formats and stories.”
Zimmer said, “I’m thrilled to be working with Stuart, Lourdes and the entire top-notch team they have assembled at AGC Studios. To be able to bring the same sublime storytelling from AGC’s film and screenwriting units to Unwritten is an incredibly stimulating prospect. I look forward to coming out with fresh new formats, great characters and unique worlds.”
In addition to films such as John Cena’s Freelance and Isla Fisher’s comedy The Present, AGC’s television projects include Netflix documentaries The Tinder Swindler, which was a hit for the streaming platform, Carla Gugino’s Leopard Skin” and an adaptation of “News of a Kidnapping” by Gabriel García Márquez for Amazon Prime Video.
https://variety.com/2022/film/global/agc-studios-unscripted-joel-zimmer-1235308789/ AGC Studios launches the ‘Unwritten’ non-fiction arm led by Joel Zimmer