The Atlantic Signs First-Look Deal With Anonymous Content

Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective is an investor in both companies

Last Updated: May 30, 2019 @ 10:07 AM

The Atlantic and Anonymous Content have entered into a first-look agreement that will allow the company behind “Spotlight,” “The Revenant” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” the first option to produce and develop scripted and unscripted content based on the magazine’s journalism, both past and present, the Atlantic announced on Thursday.

The deal encompasses projects across multiple platforms and mediums including feature films, documentaries, television shows, and podcasts. The multi-year deal is the first of its kind for the Atlantic.

Both the Atlantic and Anonymous Content share a common investor in Emerson Collective, the limited liability company founded by Laurene Powell Jobs. Emerson is a majority owner of the Atlantic and a minority owner of Anonymous Content.

“Our journalists tell stories that aim to be urgent, revealing, and compelling. We are thrilled to have, in Anonymous Content, a like-minded partner that just happens to be the best in the business. We look forward to bringing more great Atlantic stories to film and television,” the Atlantic’s president Bob Cohn said in a statement.

“The Atlantic is one of the most original voices in the media landscape,” the partners at Anonymous Content said. “As a trailblazer in media, they continually produce compelling pieces on some of the most critical issues of our time and we look forward to working with them to help extend their incredible storytelling capabilities.”

Anonymous Content, along with Paramount TV, had previously entered into a first-look agreement with Conde Nast Entertainment to develop and produce scripted series.

All editorial production and licensing in video is overseen by Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, executive producer of Atlantic Studios. The Atlantic will also hire an executive to assist in the development of the creative material optioned through the deal.

Atlantic Studios has been growing the audience to its short-form reported documentaries, animated series, and hosted shows, and is currently producing its first feature-length documentary.

The Atlantic is represented by UTA.

Variety first reported the news of the partnership.

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