Fremantle signs first production deal with Nicholas Weinstock’s Invention Studios

Acclaimed producer Nicholas Weinstock’s Invention Studios has signed a first deal with powerhouse production company Fremantle, Dante Di Loreto Fremantle President of Scripted Programming has announced.

Under this agreement, Invention Studios will develop and produce projects, including for television, new media and podcasts. De Maio Entertainment’s Lorenzo De Maio was instrumental in securing the deal. De Maio Entertainment will be a strategic advisor and partner across the slate, using its vast experience to optimize strategy and maximize the impact and success of each project.

Weinstock is building Invention Studios into a next-generation creative company: independent, international, equally TV and film oriented, and able to connect to all business models in the rapidly changing entertainment market. Invention is currently producing dozens of premium series and feature films emphasizing diversity, originality and audacity.

Weinstock, who recently partnered with Ben Stiller as Creative Director of Red Hour Films since 2015, developed and executive produced the Showtime limited series “Escape At Dannemora” (nominated for 12 Emmy Awards); the executive produced the movie Plus One, currently streaming on Hulu; produced THE FILMS Alex Strangelove and The Package for Netflix and Queenpins for Paramount+; developed and produced the “Severance” series on Apple+; and executive producer of the upcoming “High Desert” series, with Patricia Arquette, for Apple+. Weinstock is also the executive producer of the series “In The Dark,” which is currently in its fourth season on CW and Netflix.

Fremantle will also support the continued expansion of Weinstock’s other creative business, Craft Services, an online network and support system for emerging writers and directors around the world. Founded during the pandemic to provide resources, real-time information, and peer-to-peer networking for budding creatives away from Hollywood, Craft Services now has hundreds of members in the United States and Mexico, England, Europe, in Australia and Africa, with Invention Studios producing several projects by its participants.

Invention Studios CEO Nicholas Weinstock said, “I’m thrilled to partner with such a progressive and expansive company as Fremantle on a wide range of television series for both US and international markets, given their broad reach. world and our shared enthusiasm. on championing courageous voices and authentic storytelling from around the world. CEO Jennifer Mullin and her great teams, including Dante and my friend Lorenzo, are ideal partners in Invention’s mission to support groundbreaking writers, directors, and stories of all kinds.

Scripted Programming, Fremantle President Dante Di Loreto said, “Nicky embodies the independent spirit that we stand for in Fremantle. His creative passion is a source of inspiration for us and for the artists who work with him. Invention Studios is a welcome addition to THE FAMILY. of the world’s leading producers who call Fremantle their home. »

Jennifer Mullin, Global CEO of Fremantle, said, “Invention Studio’s creative and global ambition really aligns with that of Fremantle, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to our family. I look forward to working with Nicky on expanding Craft Services to champion unique voices and stories from all corners of the world.”

The deal further underscores Fremantle’s continued and growing commitment to producing high-quality original series and films in collaboration with top talent around the world, including Neil Cross’ “The Mosquito Coast”, the film by Paolo Sorrentino , critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated “The Hand of God”, “Without Blood” produced and directed by Angelina Jolie and the recently announced musical drama project from Richard Mason and Julie Ann Robinson “The History of a Pleasure Seeker”.

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) brokered the deal. Weinstock is represented by CAA and by Aron Baumel and Will Jacobson of Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson + Christopher, LLP.

Nicholas Weinstock is the founder and president of Invention Studios, an independent production company currently developing and producing a wide range of feature films and television shows.

Weinstock began his career in New York as an editor at Random House and Riverhead Books, then as the author of a non-fiction book and two novels, before moving to Los Angeles to work at the 20th Century Fox Television. After leaving Fox, he ran Apatow Productions with writer/director Judd Apatow, where he produced such films as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, Get Him to the Greek and Bridesmaids.

He then helped launch the production company Chernin Entertainment; to found the Fox Writers Studio, an innovative division of 20th Century Fox Film dedicated to original screenplays from next-generation writers; partnering with actor/director Ben Stiller and spearheading the creation of their company Red Hour Films; and more recently moving full-time to running his own business, Invention Studios.

In recent years, Weinstock has produced the hit Netflix films Alex Strangelove and The Package; the Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora, which was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards; and THE MOVIES Plus One with Maya Erskine and Queenpins with Kristen Bell. He is currently executive producer of the CW/Netflix series In the Dark, which he developed with showrunner Corinne Kingsbury; from the drama series Apple Severance, starring Adam Scott, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Walken; and the upcoming Apple comedy series High Desert, starring Patricia Arquette.