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 Hitler, JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald, The 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.”