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We are building a new film studio and streaming platform for digital-first storytellers and their audience who are hungry to support them.

Meet the founding team.

Jonathan Shambroom,
Co-Founder, CEO

Benjamin Grubbs
Co-Founder

Adam Wescott
Head of Content Studio

Tricia Choi
Head of Product

Kira Biber
Fractional CFO

Ben O’Keefe
Head of Diversity & Impact - Content Studio

Nick Phillips
Head of Production - Content Studio

McKenna Marshall
Director of Development - Content Studio

JaQay Carlyle
Business Affairs -
Content Studio

Al Lieb
Advisory CTO

Valerie Ricot
Executive Coordinator

Luke Dominick
Assistant to the Content Studio

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Madelaine Petsch to Produce and Star in Creator+ Debut Feature “Jane”

Also Featuring 5-Time Grammy-Nominated Artist Chlöe Bailey, and Oscar Winner Melissa Leo

Psychological Thriller Peels the Layers Behind Growing Up on Social Media in High School and the Anxieties That Follow in Order to Get Ahead

Innovative Studio Reimagines Traditional Model with Today’s Leading Digital Creators

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LOS ANGELES – July 22, 2021 — Creator+, a next-generation content studio and distribution platform for digital-first storytellers and creators, announced today they will finance and produce their first feature length film JANE, starring Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale), who’s also producing, in the lead role as Olivia. JANE will also feature 5x Grammy-nominated singer songwriter, pop-infused R&B sensation Chlöe Bailey (part of the sister duo Chloe X Halle), playing the role of Izzy, Melissa Leo as Principal Rhodes, who won an Oscar for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Fighter, Ian Owens as Mr. Richardson, and model Chloe Yu as Jane to round out the ensemble cast.

Written by Sabrina Jaglom and Rishi Rajani, and with Jaglom set to make her directorial debut, the film centers on a seemingly perfect high school senior, Olivia, who struggles with grief from the recent loss of a friend. When she gets deferred from her dream college, she begins to spiral and experiences a series of increasingly frightening panic attacks. In an attempt to regain some sense of control, she embarks on a social media-fueled rampage against those that stand in the way of her success but, as things escalate, she is forced to confront – and ultimately embrace – her darkest impulses in order to get ahead.

“Mental wellness and anxiety issues for young adults are more prevalent than ever. JANE resonated with me because it grapples with the perils of these uncomfortable and often taboo topics,” said Madelaine Petsch.

"Complicated female characters of this age are rarely featured at the center of their own stories, free of the whims of adults or their male counterparts,” said Sabrina Jaglom. “Furthermore, mental health concerns are so rarely taken seriously in young adults, particularly high functioning ones. I hope this film sparks conversations around these topics while treating the viewer to a dark, thrilling ride."

Production will begin at the end of July in Albuquerque, NM and also features Ian Owens (Shrill) as Mr. Richardson; Kerri Medders (SEAL Team, Alexa & Katie) as Josa; and Nina Bloomgarden (Fatherhood) as Camille. Debbie Liebling will produce (Hulu’s PEN15; 65; Plus One) alongside producer and Creator+ Head of Production Nick Phillips (Gunpowder & Sky's Alt; Facebook Watch’s The Real Bros of Simi Valley) and Creator+ Head of Content Studio Adam Wescott (YouTube Original’s This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous) and Petsch.

“Creator+ is reimagining how stories are developed and told through the eyes of Gen Z. We’re thrilled to partner with Madelaine who perfectly blends the worlds of traditional entertainment with a large online presence to tell great stories,” said Adam Wescott, Head of Content Studio, Creator+.
Shepherding today’s digital sensations, the vertically integrated Creator+ provides financing, development, in-house production, distribution, marketing, ecommerce and film-related merchandise, operations and community capabilities for talent, monetizing through their existing audience and beyond, across mobile, web and connected-TV. Creator+ creates a new pathway for the future of storytelling; a place where they can take artistic risks and create projects based on their creative vision and passion and participate in the backend as equal partners. Ultimately, Creators have unprecedented equity in their projects and a seat at the table.
Sabrina Jaglom is represented by UTA/Grandview; Madelaine Petsch with CAA/ Mosaic; Chlöe Bailey with CAA; and Chloe Yu with Zero Gravity Management.

About Creator+

Creator+ is a studio and distribution platform that produces feature-length films in partnership with digital creators and monetizes through their existing audience and beyond across mobile, web and connected-TV. Our Content Studio develops and pairs Creators with the right script/story, provides financing and builds a bespoke team and resources for each film. In addition to streaming feature films through a paygate, the Creator+ platform provides a new user experience for engaging with content, commerce, Creators and community in one place.

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Michael Scher, Michael_Scher@dkcnews.com
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Creator+ Builds a Pipeline for BIPOC Creatives with New ‘Flip the Script’ Short Film Fund, Championing Emerging Storytellers in Front, Behind the Camera

New Diversity Initiative Partners with Award-Winning Producers From The Kennedy/Marshall Company, NAACP Hollywood Bureau

Program Will Fund, Market and Distribute Six Short Films From Emerging BIPOC Creators with Mentors: Filmmaker Lulu Wang; Emmy-nominated Actor MJ Rodriguez; 6x NBA All-Star, Investor, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Mortal Media, Blake Griffin; Actor & Activist Kendrick Sampson; Writer, Producer and Showrunner Elle Johnson; Social Media Executive Kudzi Chikumbu

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LOS ANGELES – September 16, 2021 — Creator+, a next-generation content studio and distribution platform for digital-first storytellers and creators, announced today the formation of their new ‘Flip the Script’ Short Film Fund, which will champion, invest in and share stories of emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) creators and aspiring filmmakers. In collaboration with The Kennedy/Marshall Company (Jurassic World; Lincoln) , with producing legend Frank Marshall and his Head of Production Development, Ashley Jay Sandberg, joining as advisors. Additional mentors include: 6x NBA All-Star, investor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Mortal Media, Blake Griffin; Emmy-nominated actor MJ Rodriguez (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Pose); Kyle Bowser, SVP, NAACP Hollywood Bureau; Producer & Director Lulu Wang (Independent Spirit Award for Best Film, The Farewell); actor & activist Kendrick Sampson (HBO’s Insecure); Writer, Producer & Showrunner Elle Johnson (Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker; Amazon’s Bosch); and social media executive Kudzi Chikumbu. The new program will fully fund, market and distribute six short films from emerging BIPOC creators, writers and producers yearly. A creative call to filmmakers to begin today, with finalists to be selected by mid-October 2021.

Creator+ is committed to empowering a new generation of diverse creators to make impactful feature films that tell authentic, relevant stories which inspire hope and action in today's young, digitally native audiences. The innovative studio and distribution platform is creating opportunities for those who have something to say, while embracing projects that explore the full dimension of the BIPOC experience. Creator+ is determined to bring meaningful change, sustained action and investment to address the systemic bias and inequality that exists in Hollywood. In addition to providing the budget, the company will assist with development, production and festival strategy. Advisors will award one filmmaker the life-changing opportunity to develop a feature film with Creator+. Moreover, Staff Me Up, will join as a partner to help rewrite the rules of hiring, as part of their Coded for Inclusion initiative.

“At Creator+, the best course of action we can take to shift culture and address bias against historically excluded communities is investing funds into projects that support and uplift these people to tell their own stories,” said Ben O’Keefe, Head of Diversity and Impact Development and Production, Creator+. “If you can make someone feel through impactful storytelling, you can inspire them to do just about anything. Film exposes audiences to experiences and identities they may never have encountered. It changes hearts and minds. People deserve to see the multitudes of their identities and lived experiences represented in culture. Our mission is to support the next-generation of storytellers and industry leaders to create a more inclusive and equitable entertainment industry.”

The Creator+ Diversity and Impact Advisory Board includes top change agents in entertainment such as executives, producers, showrunners committed to fighting for increased diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. The committee will select projects with a purpose — those that seek to tell unique and underrepresented stories and prioritize diverse crews' involvement in their production; and champion intersectionality by prioritizing creators across multiple identities within the BIPOC community, including gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, age, ability, etc. Eligible creators and filmmakers can be a college film major, an up-and-coming TV writer looking to break out as a director or digital creator/YouTuber focusing on narrative storytelling.

Submission criteria to enter includes:

  • A script and optional deck of the up to 30-minute short film incorporating the theme “The Power of Community”Proposed budget and schedule

  • CV/resume/portfolio

  • Short video introducing yourself, project, and why you deserve this opportunity (Private Vimeo or YouTube link)

  • Signed release form

  • One entry per US-based applicant

Interested applicants can apply here: flipthescript.creatorplus.com

About Creator+
Creator+ is a studio and distribution platform that produces feature-length films in partnership with digital creators and monetizes through their existing audience and beyond across mobile, web and connected-TV. Our Content Studio develops and pairs Creators with the right script/story, provides financing and builds a bespoke team and resources for each film. In addition to streaming feature films through a paygate, the Creator+ platform provides a new user experience for engaging with content, commerce, Creators and community in one place.
Media contact:

Michael Scher, Michael_Scher@dkcnews.com
Ivy Mollenkamp, Ivy_Mollenkamp@dkcnews.com
Amanda Penna, Amanda_penna@dkcnews.com
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