EXCLUSIVE: CatchLight Studios today announced the launch of Nuts & Bolts, a new division specializing in production services, which will be overseen by Executive Vice President of Production, Yolanda T. Cochran. Nuts & Bolts’ mission will be to serve global production, from basic production service and compliance requirements, through to full third-party production services and EP/producer oversight.
Cochran took on the role of SVP Live Action Production at ViacomCBS’ Kids & Family at the start of the Covid pandemic, overseeing scripted and unscripted series and specials there for Nickelodeon & AwesomenessTV. Notable projects included those of Paramount + iCarly reboot, Nickelodeon Nick News revival and launch of new series This girl is lying and NFL Slimetime.
The veteran executive previously served as vice president of production at Walt Disney Television’s Freeform studio and network, overseeing series such as good problem, The fat guy, Mermaid and Homeland: Fort Salem, among others. Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President of Physical Production at Warner Bros. affiliate Alcon Entertainment.
Cochran’s production credits include the book of eli, Dolphin Tale 1 & 2, something borrowed, cries of joy, lottery ticket, The Sorority of Travel Pants 2, beautiful creatures, Breaking point and The blind side. In 2016, the USC alum produced a documentary short and podcast miniseries titled Break the glass, highlighting and seeking solutions to gender and race-specific challenges in the entertainment industry. She is currently co-producer and co-host of the podcast series Dungeons ‘N’ Duragswhich follows the hilarious journey of a nerdy black man’s crisis of racial identity and faith into an upset American.
In 2005, Cochran co-wrote and produced an independent thriller titled Paved with good intentions. Additional credits in the production space include Life, blue band, Professor Nutty II, ugly coyote and Dragonfly. The former CPA is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (home of the Board’s Governance Committee), as well as the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America.
“With Yolanda’s knowledge of tax incentives and her long-term relationships with banks, finance, insurance and bond companies, Nuts & Bolts is becoming a key player in the field of production services,” said the director of CatchLight Studios, Jeanette Volturno. “Nuts & Bolts creates a personalized menu of services to meet the needs of studios, streamers and independent films.”
“In the current production climate where our industry faces increasing challenges to establish budgets at levels that most optimally position projects for overall success as well as long-term staffing with the same strategy in mind, Nuts & Bolts provides expertise and knowledge that goes beyond traditional production services,” Cochran added. “We provide solutions to large corporations, studios and independent production companies, enabling scale and reliable support to launch and deliver these projects according to plan.”
Founded in Los Angeles in January 2020, CatchLight Studios is a collective of producers – Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, Jessica Malanaphy, Rick A. Osako and Volturno – with a proven track record in creative development and physical production. His first release was Adam Mason’s pandemic thriller Songbird for STX movies. The company recently released writer-director Iris K. Shim’s horror Ouma, with Sandra Oh, Dermot Mulroney, Fivel Stewart and Odeya Rush, via Sony Stage 6; and writer-directors of Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite’s thriller Saban Films The Aviary, with Malin Akerman, Lorenza Izzo, Chris Messina and Sandrine Holt. Titles on his upcoming list include Tim Story’s Blackening for MRC, written by Tracy Oliver & Dewayne Perkins; by Russell Crowe Poker face, written by Stephen Coates, for Arclight; Christian Ditter The present, written by Jay Martel, for AGC; and Chris Pine pool manwritten by Pine & Ian Gotler.