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Exclusive: The Content Group, Dan Johnstone launch Breaklight Pictures

Veteran producer Dan Johnstone has partnered with Asylum Entertainment Group founder and CEO Steve Michaels to launch Breaklight Pictures, a joint venture with Asylum’s flagship content collective The Content Group. Johnstone (pictured) ...
January 26, 2020

Veteran producer Dan Johnstone has partnered with Asylum Entertainment Group founder and CEO Steve Michaels to launch Breaklight Pictures, a joint venture with Asylum’s flagship content collective The Content Group.

Johnstone (pictured) will work closely with Michaels and The Content Group president Jodi Flynn.

The newly minted production company is expected to bring a “multitude of projects” to the 2020 Realscreen Summit this week in New Orleans.

Johnstone previously served as head of Karga Seven Pictures’ special projects division where he spearheaded the development and production of History series such as Hunting HitlerJFK Declassified: Tracking OswaldThe Hunt for the Zodiac Killer and Buried: Knights Templar.

He also recently completed the documentary project about Dan Carlin’s VR experience War Remains for MWM Interactive.

The producer began his career at Harpo Films as vice president of development, servicing the company’s exclusive HBO deal for television, movies and miniseries, as well as theatrical projects for all major studios including Lionsgate and Dreamworks.

Throughout his 20-year career, he has produced for companies including STX Entertainment, All3Media, Maverick TV, and networks such as VH1, Comedy Central, A&E, Animal Planet and HGTV, among others.

“We immediately recognized Dan’s incredible talent for premium storytelling,” Flynn said in a statement. “Not only does he have a unique creative vision, but also the remarkable ability to execute it across all genres.”

Johnstone added: “It’s rare to find a creative environment that is equal parts inspiring and supportive while also encouraging a limitless pursuit of ideas, but that’s exactly what Steve and Jodi have built with The Content Group, so when they came to me with this opportunity I jumped at it.”

The Content Group, which formed in 2018, most recently launched podcast venture Audity and opened a London office, intended to expand its reach into the global market.

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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