Neon has hired Jason Wald, formerly of Searchlight Pictures, as its vice president of acquisitions and production, it was announced Monday.
Wald will report to Jeff Deutchman, EVP of acquisitions and production, and will help the team curate its slate as the company continues to ramp up production.
Wald previously served as the director of acquisitions at Searchlight Pictures, identifying and acquiring films for the label’s theatrical slate and Hulu Originals.
Prior to that, Wald served as senior content acquisition manager for Hulu, spending over four years as part of the company’s inaugural film team. At Hulu, Wald oversaw the company’s independent film licensing partnerships and strategy and helped with the launch of Hulu Original Films. He was involved in acquiring titles such as “Palm Springs,” “Boss Level,” “Bad Hair,” “False Positive,” “Big Time Adolescence,” “Little Monsters,” the upcoming reboot of “Hellraiser” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Prior to Hulu, Wald served as manager of acquisitions and distribution at RADiUS-TWC after beginning his career at Cinetic Media in New York.
Neon recently released Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winner “Titane” and has upcoming titles such as “Spencer” with Kristen Stewart, the documentary “Flee” and Celine Sciamma’s “Petite Maman.” The company recently acquired “Beba” from New York Afro-Latina artist Rebeca Huntt and “The End” with Tilda Swinton, George Mackay and Stephen Graham, which will start production in 2022.