EXCLUSIVE: Actor, actor and host Hassan minhaj today announced the launch of its production company, 186K Movies, as good as For Culture, a new film he is about to produce and in which Amazon Studios, which he wrote with a long-time collaborator Prashanth Venkataramanujam.
Minhaj founded 186K Films with Venkataramanujam and will be the Managing Director of the company, Venkataramanujam being the Director of Content, and Tyler babin as head of digital.
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186K’s first feature film, For Culture, landed with Amazon Studios following a bidding war between eight studios. This is a rowdy comedy set in the cutthroat world of Bollywood college dance competitions – a vibrant and joyful celebration of Indo-American culture that bridges the gap between Western audiences and those who grew up watching films. Bollywood films in the United States and India.
Rideback’s Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will produce alongside 186K.
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“When we started our careers, the industry wasn’t looking for people like us,” Minhaj and Venkataramanujam said in a joint statement. “We were comedians on the sidelines playing characters on the sidelines. But now our only goal is to bring the margins back to the general public.
“In launching our production company, we want to focus on researching and producing stories that have been deemed culturally irrelevant, but actually have universal and massive appeal,” added the founders of 186K. Movies. “There is a huge audience that doesn’t see their experiences, their lives and their stories onscreen in premium TV or studio movies. These are the stories we want to defend.
Minhaj is a two-time Peabody Prize winner currently on a 52-city nationwide tour with his new one-man show, Tthe king’s jester. He is best known for his Netflix comedy special Reunion king and its critically acclaimed political satirical show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which ran on Netflix for six seasons, winning a Peabody, Emmy, and Television Academy Honor. He was previously a senior correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and headlined the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2017.
Venkataramanujam is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning writer and producer who is currently the director and executive producer of Hasan Minhaj’s one-man show, The king’s jester. He is best known as the co-creator, chief writer and showrunner of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, previously as a screenwriter for the Netflix series Bill Nye saves the world, chief writer of the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and producer on Netflix The solution with Jimmy Carr.
Babin is an award-winning visual artist and former Adobe Creative Fellow in Filmmaking who now leads all digital branding and advertising for 186K Films. Previously, he was part of the creative team founding Gary Vaynerchuk’s personal brand as well as the branding agency Vayner Media.
Minhaj is represented by WME, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller and Imprint. Venkataramanujam is replaced by AF Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
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