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Documentarian Alex Gibney Gets Infusion from Content Media to Make More Diverse Movies

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2012 at 8:31PM

Congrats to doc filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Gonzo," "Magic Trip"), who has obtained an infusion of cash from John Schmidt's Content Media, which has acquired half of Jigsaw Productions. Gibney wants to add staff and expand into more areas in film and television, including episodic television and features.
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Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney

Congrats to doc filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Gonzo," "Magic Trip"), who has obtained an infusion of cash from John Schmidt's Content Media, which has acquired half of Jigsaw Productions. Gibney wants to add staff and expand into more areas in film and television, including episodic television and features.

Jigsaw and Content will collaborate on some in-the-works ongoing projects including Gibney's untitled doc for HBO; a documentary on The Eagles, produced by Gibney and directed by Alison Ellwood; "Finding Fela!," a doc on the iconic Nigerian singer; and "Park Avenue," as part of the "Why Poverty?" series.

Jigsaw is also developing two original feature films and a mini-series based on Ali Soufan's book "Black Banners."
London-based Content’s film, television and digital divisions will handle international distribution for some Jigsaw projects.

Gibney's docs include sports profile "The Last Gladiators," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," the Oscar-nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," and the 2008 Oscar-winner "Taxi to the Dark Side."
 

This article is related to: Alex Gibney, The Last Gladiators, Magic Trip, Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.