Dev Patel on Wednesday announced the launch of a production company called Minor Realm and has expanded its production team with the addition of two industry veterans.
The ‘The Green Knight’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star has a first deal with ShivHans Pictures, which will apply to his work with Minor Realm. And joining his team are Lakshmi Iyengar, most recently VP at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Samarth Sahni, who has production experience on such films as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Patel’s “Life of Pi.”
Iyengar will serve as Executive Vice President, Head of Production and Development and will produce and oversee the company’s film and television development slate. Sahni will serve as the executive vice president of production and will produce film and television projects under the company’s banner. The company’s mission is to explore and grow the creative landscape of voices and talents that are too often overlooked, bringing those stories to life in a broader way.
Iyengar and Sahni will be located in Los Angeles and will report directly to Patel.
“There are so many stories and critical visions of incredibly talented minds that need to be told, but too often there is no possibility or opportunity to do so. Our passion at Minor Realm is to foster and champion these creatives,” Dev Patel said in a statement. “Both Lakshmi and Samarth have solid experience developing a wide range of content and I couldn’t think of two better executives to work with hand in hand.”
“We are thrilled with the expansion of Minor Realm and the opportunity for ShivHans Pictures to continue to partner with such a creative team. Their vision perfectly complements the storytelling we seek to produce and we look forward to developing and showcase important voices and content to audiences,” Shivani Rawat, Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, said in a statement.
Iyengar most recently served as Vice President of Global Acquisitions and Production at Sony Pictures Entertainment. While at Sony, she served as creative director on such films as ‘The Wedding Guest’ with Patel, ‘Late Night’, ‘Ammonite’, ‘The World to Come’ and ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’.
Sahni also has production experience on ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and is a producer on Patel’s upcoming debut film ‘Monkey Man’, which is in post-production and will be released by Netflix.
It was previously announced that Patel has signed an initial deal to produce, develop and create projects with the ShivHans Pictures team, including Rawat and production president Julie Goldstein. Patel and ShivHans Pictures previously collaborated on Patel’s “HoteI Mumbai.”
Patel is represented by WME, Curtis Brown and Magnolia Entertainment.