Exclusive: Justin Wilkes, Chief Strategy Officer of Imagine Entertainment and President of Imagine Documentaries and Brands, has been promoted to President and is led by Executive Chairman Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.
Following Wilkes’ promotion, Co-President of the Documentary Division Sarah Bernstein was appointed President of the Documentary Division and leads the division.
In his new role, Wilkes will work closely with Steve Shikiya, COO of Imagine, President of Feature Karen Lander, Kristen Zollner, President of Television, Bernstein President of Documentary, Brand EVP Mark Gilbert, and Brooke Posh, President of Jax Media. cooperate with -Subsidiary of Imagine Entertainment. He also continues to work with Alex Gibney and the team at Jigsaw Productions.
Wilkes will succeed Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns at Jax Media after a year as President of Imagine Entertainment.
The exit of the duo, who left both Imagine and Jax (where Hernandez was CEO and Burns was CCO) to start a new company together, will exercise the remaining 49% of Jax’s purchase during the holidays. Following the Imagine movement.
Wilkes, an Oscar-nominated and multiple Emmy-winning producer who launched the Imagine Documentaries label with Bernstein in 2018, has steadily taken on more management responsibilities within the parent company, most recently: He leads partnerships with Imagine and The Washington Post as Chief. Strategist.
Over the past four years, Imagine Documentaries has built a presence in the premium, non-scripted business with a slate of 14 Emmy nominations this past year alone. Wilkes recently created the acclaimed Imagine document. Louis Armstrong Black & Blues Apple TV+ and Volcano: Rescue from Whakari, It was a breakout for Netflix this holiday season, reaching number two on the streamer’s weekly global film charts. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
“Justin is one of those rare executives who excels in both the business and creative ambitions of the company. A brilliantly talented, strong producer and proven creative collaborator. And we’re excited to have him working with us in all areas of Imagine.”
In 2022, Imagine has released 37 films and series across divisions and subsidiaries. thirteen lives (Amazon), under the flag of heaven (foreign exchange), lucy and desi (Amazon), Jax Medias Emily in Paris (Netflix) and Jigsaw Productions how to change your mind
Upcoming projects include documentary personality crisis one night only with Martin Scorsese Bono & The Edge: It’s Like Homecoming With Dave Letterman,function beanie bubble Next installment in the anthology series starring Zach Galifianakis (AppleTV+) Genius: MLK/X (Disney+).
“Together with Brian and Ron, we have an opportunity to capitalize on the market’s full potential for the Imagine brand as a content studio with a strong, independent, talent-friendly luxury pedigree,” said Wilkes. Amidst the storm, we will lean into our core business and position ourselves as a haven for talent, IP and creativity.”