Annapurna has partnered with Barry Jenkins’ Pastel, the production company behind “Moonlight,” it was announced Tuesday.
The two-year film production deal includes a Jenkins-directed feature project that’s currently in development at Pastel, as well as future films from Pastel partners Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy and Mark Ceryak.
The partnership comes after Pastel’s first film, “Moonlight,” written and directed by Jenkins and produced by Romanski and Plan B, won the Oscar for Best Picture.
The partnership will also focus on the development and supporting of projects from exceptional and emerging filmmakers.
“When looking for a place to further the mandate we established with ‘Moonlight,’ Annapurna felt like the perfect home for Pastel. The breadth of stories that Megan and her team have championed since the company’s inception is inspiring. As film fans, when we see the Annapurna logo on a film we know we’re in good hands. It’s exciting to know that the work of the filmmakers we support through Pastel will have a home in those same good hands,” said the Pastel partners.
Annapurna added, “We are so excited to begin this partnership with Pastel. We deeply admire the work done in ‘Moonlight’ and couldn’t feel more aligned and impressed with Pastel’s vision for their company. We look forward to teaming up together and continuing to put filmmakers with fresh perspectives and bold voices out into the world.”
Earlier this month, Annapurna signed a three-year production deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Plan B was previously set up at New Regency. As part of the deal, Plan B’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale will move with the company to Annapurna.
Jenkins is represented by CAA and Silent R Management. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Pastel by James Feldman and Andre Des Rochers and by Don Hardison on behalf of Annapurna.