Indigenous Media, led by Jon Avnet (“Black Swan,” “Risky Business”), Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment”) and Jake Avnet, announced today that it has hired two executives to support a planned expansion of its development and production slate.
The company, which produces and distributes original content across emerging and traditional platforms worldwide, has added Ben Fast as EVP of development and Maira Nevarez as EVP of finance and operations. Both will report to Jake Avnet.
Fast previously served as director of scripted television at The Weinstein Company (TWC), where he worked on “War & Peace” starring Paul Dano and Lily James, which will premiere in January on Lifetime, A&E and History, as well as NBC’s upcoming miniseries “The Reaper.” Before joining TWC, Fast produced several digital shorts and series and wrote for the TNT series “Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton.
Nevarez was VP of finance at E! Entertainment and Esquire Television Networks at NBCUniversal. Prior to her stint at NBCU, she served as director of finance business licensing support at Paramount Pictures and VP of finance at Univision and TeleFutura Television Group.
Last month, Indigenous Media partnered with actor/producer Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games,” “The Kids are All Right”) in the first of four incubators it will be rolling out over 2016. The incubators will be powered by the Black List, an online community where screenwriters can post their work for perusal by readers, buyers and employers.
Garcia and Avnet were formerly partnered in WIGS, which produced direct-to-digital series such as “Blue,” starring Julia Stiles. They launched Indigenous Media last year with backing from advertising giant WPP and British broadcaster ITV, which has also invested in digital-first prodco Believe Entertainment, Danny Zappin’s Zealot Networks and the multi-channel network Channel Mum.