EXCLUSIVE: Three former Automatik execs are launching a new production company.
Justin Levy, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger have launched Station26, which is backed with a first-look deal at A+E Studios and Range Studios. Kavanaugh-Jones and Berger are still Partners and Co-Presidents of Film & Production at Range.
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Station26 will be run by Levy as President alongside Mariel Redlin, who previously worked with Levy at Automatik, as VP of Production for Scripted Television.
It launches with a development slate and a number of projects already set up at streamers including limited series Black Rabbit at Netflix with Jason Bateman and Jude Law.
Levy had been with Automatik since 2018 as part of its plan to ramp up into television. He recently exec produced Kaleidoscope for Netflix. He joined the company in 2018, having been president of television from Imperative Entertainment, the company co-founded by Heroes creator Tim Kring and had also held roles at MTV, where he worked on shows including Teen Wolf, and at Peter Berg’s Film 44, where he worked on Friday Night Lights.
Redlin had been with Automatik since 2018, having previously been a co-ordinator at BBC America, where she worked on series such as Killing Eve and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. She was also previously an assistant at WME.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger have produced films including La La Land.
Berger was nominated for an Oscar and won Golden Globe, BAFTA, and PGA awards for the Damien Chazelle-directed La La Land, the film that won six Oscars and grossed just short of half a billion dollars worldwide. Kavanaugh-Jones and Berger also won an Emmy for the Cory Finley-directed black comedy Bad Education, which starred Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney and was acquired at Toronto by HBO for a then-record sum.
Their credits also include the upcoming The Bikeriders, from Jeff Nichols, starring Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, and Tom Hardy, Oz Perkins’ Longlegs starring Nicolas Cage and Maika Monroe, James Mangold’s Bob Dylan biopic A Complete Unknown starring Timothée Chalamet, Jonathan Entwistle’s Fred & Ginger starring Jamie Bell & Margaret Qualley, The Monkey, based on a Stephen King short story to be directed by Oz Perkins starring Theo James, and Max Minghella’s Shell starring Elizabeth Moss, Kate Hudson, and Kaia Gerber.
“As a production company we have always been driven by our partnerships with remarkable artists and we are humbled to be connected to an ecosystem representing stellar talent across film, television, sports, music and more. A+E Studios and Range Studios have created the most innovative partnership in the business, and we look forward to working with them to deliver ground-breaking, commercial series,” said Levy, Berger & Kavanaugh-Jones.
Tana Nugent Jamieson, EVP of Creative Affairs & Co-Head, A+E Studios, and Heather Kadin, President of Scripted Television, Range Studios, added, “A+E Studios and Range Studios are thrilled to be partnering with Station26. Brian and Fred’s successful track record combined with their wealth of experience has set the table for success in this new venture, which will be overseen by Justin and Mariel. Their vision and passion for storytelling aligns directly with ours, making them ideal partners. We look forward to what’s ahead.”