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Industrial Media sets exclusive overall deal with Dawn Porter’s Trilogy Films

Industrial Media has struck an overall deal with documentarian Dawn Porter‘s Trilogy Films. Building on the success of her NAACP Image Award-winning John Lewis: Good Trouble and her Critics’ Choice Documentary Award-winning ...
April 28, 2021

Industrial Media has struck an overall deal with documentarian Dawn Porter‘s Trilogy Films.

Building on the success of her NAACP Image Award-winning John Lewis: Good Trouble and her Critics’ Choice Documentary Award-winning The Way I See It, Porter (pictured) will continue to focus on developing and producing non-scripted projects for film and TV with Industrial Media’s support.

The deal makes Trilogy the sixth production company backed by the independent production group’s roster of unscripted producers, including The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), Sharp Entertainment, B17 Entertainment, R.J. Cutler’s This Machine, and 19 Entertainment.

Specializing in feature-length documentaries and non-fiction series, Trilogy’s upcoming slate includes an untitled mental health project for Apple TV+, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry.

Industrial’s CEO Eli Holzman and president Aaron Saidman said in a statement: “After years of admiring the quality and character of her work, we are honored to officially partner with Dawn Porter. She is a gifted filmmaker and a prolific producer with a passion for stories that are as engaging as they are meaningful. We are thrilled and grateful that Dawn saw fit to select Industrial Media as her home studio to support her ambitious plans.”

Porter added: “Over the years, my excitement about the potential artistic and social impact of documentary film has only grown. We are living in a time of questioning, and there is not only opportunity but also a need to tell beautiful and engaging stories to help us all understand the world we are living in. Partnering with Industrial enables my company to grow and expand so that I can take on so many more projects while giving each the necessary attention.”

Porter’s previous work includes Gideon’s Army (2013), which premiered on HBO and is now part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Film Showcase, and the Peabody Award-winning Trapped (2016).

Additional film directing credits include National Geographic’s upcoming feature Red Summer; PBS’s Spies of Mississippi; and Discovery’s Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper.

On the television front, Porter directed Netflix’s 2018 four-part series Bobby Kennedy for President and Lifetime’s recent special Women Making History, which featured an exclusive interview with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.

Porter is represented by ICM Partners.


Related: ‘The golden age of documentary’: Dawn Porter on John Lewis, Pete Souza docs


Today’s deal follows the October 2020 announcement that two-time Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award nominated director and producer R.J. Cutler launched This Machine with an investment from Industrial Media.

Next up, Cutler will direct and produce the docuseries Big Vape, an adaptation of Jamie Ducharme’s upcoming non-fiction book about the rise of the controversial e-cigarette company Juul.

Cutler also just directed the Showtime documentary Belushi and Apple TV+’s Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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