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Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan launch non-fiction prodco Story Syndicate

Academy Award-winning producer Dan Cogan and Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) have launched Story Syndicate, a non-fiction production outfit. Based in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the company will focus on creating character-driven non-fiction ...
June 17, 2019

Academy Award-winning producer Dan Cogan and Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?) have launched Story Syndicate, a non-fiction production outfit.

Based in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the company will focus on creating character-driven non-fiction series, features, shorts and podcast projects from multiple filmmakers. The first four projects, which are currently in production, include the previously announced HBO true crime limited series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark; an as-yet titled National Geographic feature documentary on the life of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau; a forthcoming limited series with Netflix; and an upcoming short series with Quibi.

Story Syndicate will also aim to expand into scripted series and features.

Joining Garbus (left) and Cogan (right) at Story Syndicate will be Julie Gaither as head of production and Jonathan Bardin, formerly head of documentaries at Discovery, as head of development.

Cogan will remain as executive director of independent documentary financier Impact Partners (IcarusThe CoveWon’t You Be My Neighbour) for the remainder of 2019. Cogan will be joined in managing Impact Partners by Jenny Raskin, who has been promoted from SVP of development & filmmaker relations, to co-executive director.

“Liz and I are excited to create a production home in which filmmakers we love can come and be supported creatively, strategically and financially,” Cogan said in a statement. “From established directors to up-and-comers, Story Syndicate will provide a home for a vibrant community of storytellers to come and do their best work and feel completely supported in every way.”

“Filmmaking is a team sport. I’m excited to build a company that can support the scale and scope of what I want to do as a director, and I’m really energized by the idea that this structure can also provide a foundation for the creative work of many other filmmakers,” Garbus continued. “We’re at a moment of huge growth in the non-fiction world, and Dan and I are so excited to share our expansion with other storytellers we love.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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