Director, Executive Producer
At the age of 23, Jenner Furst was on the ground floor of “Brick City” producing the acclaimed 11-part docuseries for Sundance Channel. He went on to win a Peabody Award with veteran filmmakers Marc Levin, Mark Benjamin and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker. The team then developed “Chicagoland” an 8-part docuseries for CNN, which Furst served as senior producer under executive producer Robert Redford.
After years of making groundbreaking work with some of the industry’s leading voices, Furst founded the New York-based production company and creative firm The Cinemart with Julia Willoughby Nason. Furst and Nason began a creative partnership with Nick Sandow, the award-winning actor from “Orange is the New Black” creating the independent feature narrative “Houses” produced by Nason, directed by Furst, and written by Furst and Sandow, who also starred alongside Michael Imperioli. Furst would later consult on “The Wannabe” directed by Sandow with executive producer Martin Scorsese.
In 2015 The Cinemart produced “Welcome to Leith” an award-winning Feature Documentary which premiered in Competition at Sundance. Later that year; Furst, Nason and Sandow embarked on “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” a searing look at our criminal justice system. The team formed a partnership with executive producers Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Harvey Weinstein to create a 6-part docuseries event for Spike TV. The production was run out of the Cinemart’s Brooklyn Office, directed by Furst and executive produced by Furst, Nason and Sandow with Producer Mike Gasparro. The series will have a special presentation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Furst currently resides in New York City.
Director and Executive Producer
Nick Sandow is a versatile actor whose career spans across film, television and theater. Sandow currently can be seen as Joe Caputo in the Emmy nominated, hit Netflix original series “Orange Is The New Black”, which returned for its fourth season this June and is currently in production for its fifth season. He recently starred opposite Olivia Wild, Juno Temple and Luke Wilson, in the role of Garza in Meadowland, a film directed by Reed Morano. Sandow wrote and directed The Wannabe, a feature film starring Patricia Arquette and Vincent Piazza, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The film premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in December 2015 by eOne and Momentum Pictures.
Sandow is currently working on TIME: The Kalief Browder Story a six-part Docuseries Event for Spike TV on behalf of his production company, The Cinemart. Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company have teamed up with Spike TV for this compelling and groundbreaking television event, set to premiere in late January 2017.
Sandow’s acting credits include The Fitzgerald Family Christmas alongside Connie Britton, The Sitter, The Accidental Husband, Living Out Loud, Swimfan, Return to Paradise, Connie and Carla, and Resurrecting the Champ on the big screen and he has been featured in recurring television roles on “Boardwalk Empire” as Waxy Gordon, “Blue Bloods,” “How to Make It in America,” and “Third Watch.” Other television highlights include roles on critically acclaimed series “CSI: Miami,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “Six Degrees,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” as well as the made for television movies “Mitch Albom’s For One More Day” produced by Oprah Winfrey, and Sidney Lumet’s “Strip Search” for HBO. Sandow’s theater credits include Late Fragment and Baptism By Fire.
In addition to his performing career, Sandow has directed the plays Henry Flamethrowa, Dark Yellow, Chicken, and From Riverdale to Riverhead. His feature film directorial debut, Ponies, premiered in the summer of 2012, with Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times calling it “…a riveting piece of work.”
Nick is an active SAG and DGA member, and resides in New York City.
JULIA WILLOUGHBY NASON
Julia Nason grew up below Canal Street in a time when New York still pulsed with unbridled edge and creativity. Nason found her voice behind the camera as a fine art photographer, studying at ICP and going on to assist and style on commercial sets. As a native New Yorker, artist and entrepreneur, Nason formed the New York-based production company and creative firm The Cinemart with award-winning filmmaker Jenner Furst. Under the company banner, Nason directed visible commercial content for influential brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, producing the signature documentary campaign “Obey Your Thirst” for Sprite, starring Drake and Nas. With a rarified sensibility and a cultured eye, Nason began to produce and shoot films; beginning with her original work as a producer and cinematographer on “Dirty Old Town”, an independent narrative presented by Abel Ferrara and “Here Comes The Neighborhood”, an acclaimed digital series. Following these projects, Nason and Furst began a creative partnership with Nick Sandow, the award-winning actor from “Orange is the New Black” creating the independent feature narrative “Houses” produced by Nason, directed by Furst, and written by Furst and Sandow, who also starred alongside Michael Imperioli. Using The Cinemart to foster brave projects, Nason executive produced the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Leith” an unflinching look at racial extremism in America’s Heartland. The Film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. As executive producer, Nason created “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” a searing look at the criminal justice system. The project is directed by Jenner Furst with executive producer Nick Sandow and producer Mike Gasparro. The team formed a partnership with executive producers Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Harvey Weinstein to launch a 6-part docuseries event for Spike TV. The production was run out of Nason’s Cinemart Office and will have a special presentation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
SHAWN “JAY Z“ CARTER
Since 1996, 21-time GRAMMY award-winner, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has been a dominant force in popular culture. With multiple businesses and accolades across the recording industry and strong relationships with global investment leaders like Warren Buffet, JAY Z personifies the “American Dream.” Among his achievements, Carter has served as President of Def Jam Recordings, launched the successful “Made In America” festival, acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac and maintains his role as majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs. In 2013, Carter launched Roc Nation Sports, whose roster includes three-time NBA scoring champion and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and MLB All-Star Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. Carter became co-owner in global streaming service, TIDAL, in 2015.
Carter is active in giving back to the community, most notably through his philanthropic work through the Shawn Carter Foundation. The Foundation, founded in 2002, is dedicated to helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education, encouraging them to tap into their potential. Since the foundation launched, Shawn Carter Scholars are studying at over 100 institutions of higher education throughout the nation.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company
Harvey Weinstein launched The Weinstein Company (TWC), a multi-media company, with his brother Bob on October 1st, 2005. Since its inception, TWC has released such acclaimed films as THE KING’S SPEECH; THE ARTIST; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED and THE IMITATION GAME. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards. TWC’s recent major releases included CAROL, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER and Academy Award nominee for Best Picture: LION.
TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces such reality powerhouses as PROJECT RUNWAY and its spin off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT RUNWAY JR, as well as scripted series that include PEAKY BLINDERS with Netflix, which premiered its third season in May, SCREAM with MTV, and critically acclaimed miniseries WAR & PEACE, which premiered on A&E, Lifetime and HISTORY in January 2016. Projects currently in development include Mario Puzo’s OMERTA with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s THE BREATHING METHOD, UK series SS-GB, and military drama SIX.
Weinstein Books, a partnership between TWC and The Perseus Books Group, publishes titles from the most important and influential authors and personalities including New York Times bestsellers FINDING ME by Michelle Knight and OBSESSED by Mika Brzezinski. In 2015, Weinstein founded the Weinstein Live Entertainment, an independent faction that produces and invests in theatrical productions, including the Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND, directed by Diane Paulus; Radio City’s NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR STARRING THE ROCKETTES, FUN HOME, THE ELEPHANT MAN, WOLF HALL, and THE AUDIENCE.
Weinstein and his brother founded Miramax Films in 1979, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under their leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films in modern cinema, including sixteen Best Picture nominations over a span of sixteen years. The outstanding quality of Miramax’s films under the Weinsteins was represented in the company’s success in the annual Academy Awards race.
Michael Gasparro is a talent manager and film producer with 18 years’ experience in film and television development and production in New York City.
After early stints on projects including Tadpole, the 2002 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit and numerous music videos including Jay-Z’s ‘Can I Get a…’, Gasparro transitioned to TalentWorks, cultivating an impressive roster of film and television actors as an agent.
In 2005 Gasparro moved to TMT Entertainment, expanding into talent management and production. There he’s developed and produced projects including the 2012 Tropfest finalist short film Ben to the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival finalist The Wannabe starring Patricia Arquette and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Gasparro is currently producing Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a six-part docuseries for Spike Networks with The Weinstein Company and Jay-Z. In development is Memory of Loss starring Nick Sandow of Orange Is The New Black, and written and directed by Frank Pugliese of House of Cards, slated for production in January of 2017.
Michael is an active member of PGA, and resides in New York City.
David C. Glasser currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and President for The Weinstein Company (TWC) and
Weinstein Television. Glasser is a key member of TWC’s management committee, and has been instrumental in the success of the company alongside Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein and other executives.
As COO of TWC, Glasser is responsible for the company’s day-to-day management and the development of its growing portfolio of businesses, which include motion pictures, television, live theatrical productions, home entertainment, library, and international film sales and distribution. He oversees all production/sales/finance deals for motion pictures originated with TWC and its genre division, Dimension Films. These include such releases as THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH, both of which won several Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Glasser also oversaw DJANGO UNCHAINED and IRON LADY, which each won two Academy Awards®, as well as SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which won the Academy Award® for Best Actress, UNDEFEATED, which won an Academy Award® for Best Documentary and PHILOMENA which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture. Most recently, Glasser oversaw the box office success SOUTHPAW, as well as THE HATEFUL 8 and CAROL—both of which received nominations at last year’s Academy Awards.
Glasser also oversees all acquisition deals, the most recent of which include Antoine Fuqua’s THE MAN WHO MADE IT SNOW starring Jake Gyllenhaal, McDonald’s Biopic THE FOUNDER starring Michael Keaton, CAROL, HANDS OF STONE, THE EICHMANN SHOW (Berlin 2015), as well as the Sundance Festival hit SING STREET, THE IMITATION GAME (Berlin 2014) which won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2014, FRUITVALE STATION (Sundance 2013), THE BUTLER (Berlin 2013), MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, THE GRANDMASTER, SALINGER, KON TIKI, SNOWPEIRCER, YVES SAINT LAURENT, and upcoming film LION starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. He played a key role in the domestic distribution of, and awards campaigns for, the Oscar®-winning films SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH and Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. Since joining TWC in September 2008, Glasser has overseen the foreign sales of dozens of films, including Academy Award®-winning and nominated titles THE KING’S SPEECH, THE FIGHTER, THE READER and NINE; and the Dimension Films genre titles DARK SKIES, APOLLO 18, SPY KIDS 4, PIRANHA 3D and SCRE4M.
In addition to the film division at TWC, Weinstein Television, a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company, has become one of the leading independent television production companies in the world. With its highly successful scripted television operation and evergreen franchise properties within unscripted, including the PROJECT RUNWAY family of shows, Weinstein Television has grown rapidly in the last few years. In addition to the nearly 20 scripted shows and over 15 unscripted in production and development, Glasser oversees the entire division which encompasses premium original series such as MARCO POLO and SCREAM, as well as numerous projects in production including: GOMORRAH for Sundance TV, JULIAN FELLOWES PRESENTS for Amazon and ITV, PEAKY BLINDERS and THE EICHMANN SHOW for the BBC and Netflix, SIX for History, and WACO, THE MIST, and documentary series TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY produced in partnership with music mogul Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, for SpikeTV.
Prior to joining The Weinstein Company, Glasser served as Chief Creative Officer of Yari Film Group and President of Los Angeles-based Syndicate Films International, LLC, the foreign sales and production division of Yari Film Group. Glasser was responsible for the overseas box office success of numerous films, among them the police thriller HOSTAGE; the Academy Award-winning drama CRASH; the offbeat comedy THUMBSUCKER, 2005 Sundance Film Festival award winner; the romantic comedy PRIME; and the romantic thriller THE ILLUSIONIST.
Glasser entered the foreign sales business in the international marketplace with representation of small feature films. In 1993, he founded Cutting Edge Entertainment, which produced and distributed over twenty films. In February 2003, Glasser formed a strategic partnership with Splendid Media AG of Cologne, Germany. During his tenure with Splendid, he sold and produced such projects as the critically acclaimed NARC, and the box office hits AGENT CODY BANKS and AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON, starring Frankie Muniz.
Executive Producers/ Spike: Sharon Levy and Chachi Senior
Co-Producer / Writer: Rose Schlossberg
Senior Producer / Writer: Mark Konkol
Edited: Jenner Furst
Senior Editor: Chris Passig
Director of Photography: James Adolphus
Original Score: Khari Mateen and Danielle Furst
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