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“Tina” directors Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin ink first-look deal with Imagine Docs

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin (Tina; Undefeated) have signed an exclusive, year-long first-look deal with Imagine Documentaries to develop and executive produce non-scripted content. The deal will allow Lindsay (pictured ...
May 14, 2021

Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin (Tina; Undefeated) have signed an exclusive, year-long first-look deal with Imagine Documentaries to develop and executive produce non-scripted content.

The deal will allow Lindsay (pictured right) and Martin (left) to expand on their directorial and producing endeavors with backing from the non-scripted arm of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.

Imagine Documentaries, led by president Justin Wilkes and co-president Sara Bernstein, currently has a first-look deal with Apple TV+ and a multi-picture deal with IMAX for large-format content.

“We grew up watching movies and TV shows that bear the Imagine name, so it is with both humility and excitement that we enter into this partnership,” Lindsay and Martin said in a joint statement.

The directing duo’s first feature-length documentary Undefeated, about a struggling football program in North Memphis, Tennessee, debuted at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2012.

Their subsequent film, LA92, revisited the 1992 civil unrest that erupted in Los Angeles following the not guilty verdicts of the four police officers charged with beating Rodney King.

The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win the 2017 Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, as well as being short-listed for best documentary feature at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Their most recent film, Tina, which explores the life and career of Tina Turner, premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival ahead of its North American release on HBO.

Additional projects include directing an episode of the acclaimed Netflix series Dogs and a 2014 special for Nat Geo entitled I Am Dying, which followed a young woman in her final months of life.

As commercial directors they have directed several award-winning campaigns for brands like Facebook, Prudential, Comcast, Toyota and Google.

Imagine Documentaries’ slate of upcoming releases includes Who Are You Charlie Brown?, the definitive feature documentary on Charles Schulz (Apple TV+); the 2021 Tribeca Festival selection Paper & Glue, directed by French artist JR; Gossip, a limited series chronicling Cindy Adams’ four-decade career at the New York Post for Showtime; Julia, a documentary on legendary chef Julia Child, directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West (Sony Pictures Classic); Black and Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong (Apple TV+).

The company is also producing Ron Howard’s next documentary feature film on chef Jose Andres and the World Central Kitchen organization for National Geographic Films.

Photo: Kyle Roper

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