‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ director Cooper Raiff and former Black Bear Pictures head of development Clementine Quittner are teaming up to launch a new production company, Small Ideas, to develop and produce film projects and independent television.
The duo team up to produce projects by emerging filmmakers and creators, as well as projects written and directed by Raiff. Their first attempt will be an undisclosed television series that Raiff will write, direct and executive produce, and Quittner will executive produce.
Raiff’s most recent film, “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Apple for $15 million. It was released on Apple TV+ in June. He’s already lined up a follow-up, “The Trashers,” which will feature “Stranger Things” David Harbor and breakout “Licorice Pizza” Cooper Hoffman and “Elvis” Olivia DeJonge. It will shoot this fall.
While at Black Bear, Quittner worked on the company’s roster on upcoming projects such as “Nyad”, directed by Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi and starring Annette Bening and Jodie Foster, “The Marsh King’s Daughter” , directed by Neil Burger and starring Daisy Ridley. and Ben Mendelsohn, and the film adaptation of the novel “Perplexity” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers. Quittner also oversaw the development of “Exciting Times”, Raiff’s serial adaptation of Naoise Dolan’s novel starring Phoebe Dynevor.
“Clem and I are very protective of passion. We want the artists we work with to know that we believe in their stories and ideas as much as they do. I know how brutal it can be to fight for people to trust your vision, and I know what a difference it makes not to have to fight for it alone. Small Ideas knows how much love and support a filmmaker needs,” Raiff said in a statement. “I’m super excited to have Clem running the show – she’s going to be the driving force behind the business. She elevates everything she works on and it’s a dream to be her creative and professional partner.
Quittner added, “Cooper is a brilliant filmmaker and my favorite collaborator. I look forward to working together to build a home for artists we love and artists we don’t yet know, people who want to do things differently.