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IMAX appoints John Turner to head of documentaries

IMAX Corporation has appointed John Turner as its head of documentaries. In his new role, Turner will oversee development of all documentary films and non-fiction content for the IMAX global network, and ...
September 10, 2021

IMAX Corporation has appointed John Turner as its head of documentaries.

In his new role, Turner will oversee development of all documentary films and non-fiction content for the IMAX global network, and will report directly to Megan Colligan, the company’s president. Turner will also oversee IMAX’s five-picture agreement with Imagine Documentaries beginning with Mars 2080, a documentary about a colony on Mars set 60 years in the future.

“John’s deep filmmaking experience and creative storytelling ability will be critical as we continue to expand the storied IMAX documentary business,” Colligan said in a news release. “His proven track record of creating award-winning content will also help us immerse new audiences in awe-inspiring worlds.”

Turner will also work with IMAX head of music Jason Richmond to find new opportunities to create music across platforms utilizing IMAX technology. Richmond and Turner’s work will build on theatrical releases from major artists like Kanye West and Halsey.

Before joining IMAX, Turner served as a development consultant with Netflix Documentary Features, where he created the crime series Dirty Money and served as executive producer on the documentary feature Why Did You Kill Me? Turner also produced the short film Walk Run Cha-Cha, featured in the anthology series From Here to Home, for Davis Guggenheim‘s Concordia Studio and the New York Times‘ OpDocs. The short was nominated for both an Academy Award and an Emmy after its 2019 premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Turner also worked as director of development for the launch of Viceland, and developed series and documentary films for Alex Gibney‘s Jigsaw Productions.

“This is the most exciting time for documentary filmmaking and IMAX is renowned for its transformative and groundbreaking films – including my own first experience with IMAX at the Cinesphere in Toronto,” Turner said in a release.

“Today, it is the leading platform for storytellers who want to showcase the aspirational, and often unbelievable world around us. I’m thrilled to join the amazing team here and look forward to continuing the tradition of bringing powerful and contemporary stories to our screens from creators all around the world.”

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