Netflix, MRC Film and Automatik Partner
Automatik is a Los Angeles based film and television production company led by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger. Berger and Kavanaugh-Jones have produced over 70 films including Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND, Alma Ha’rel’s HONEY BOY, Cory Finley’s BAD EDUCATION, Karyn Kusama’s DESTROYER, Jeff Nichols’ films TAKE SHELTER, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, LOVING, as well as the INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises. Berger received an Academy Award® nomination and won Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA, BFCA, and NY Film Critics Circle awards for LA LA LAND. Berger and Kavanaugh-Jones won an Emmy for BAD EDUCATION, which secured a record-breaking deal from HBO Films. Continuing to focus on music driven fare, Automatik is set to produce James Mangold’s UNT. BOB DYLAN biopic (Timothée Chalamet) for Fox Searchlight, Jonathan Entwistle’s FRED & GINGER (Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley) for Amazon, Brett Haley’s 36 QUESTIONS for Netflix. Berger and Kavanaugh-Jones partnered under their Automatik banner in 2016, along with literary and talent management company Grandview, run by Jeff Silver and Matt Rosen.
MRC Film is a leading independent studio known for championing singular filmmakers and emerging directors to make high-quality distinctive films and for its selective investments in major studio films, collectively which have earned more than $6 billion in worldwide box office and received accolades including 12 Academy® Award nominations and 11 Golden Globe® Award nominations. MRC Film projects include the highest grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, “Ted,” the Oscar® and Golden Globe nominated “Knives Out,” written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman, starring an ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Jamie Lee Curtis, the Oscar nominated “Baby Driver,” Oscar-winning “Babel,” and the comedy “The Lovebirds,” directed by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, currently streaming globally on Netflix. MRC Film has co-financed films including upcoming “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” the “Peter Rabbit” franchise, the second and third installments of “Hotel Transylvania,” “22 Jump Street” and “Think Like a Man Too.” For more information, please visit www.mrcentertainment.com.