Kyle Laursen Named President Justin Simien’s Production Company – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Kyle Laursen is joining Justin Simien’s production company Culture Machine as President of Film and Television, where he will oversee all scripted and unscripted projects. Laursen will work alongside award-winning Simien and creative lead Aaliyah Jihad. Culture Machine currently has an overall deal with Paramount Television Studios.

“Justin is a versatile artist with a singular voice that I have admired for many years. From the moment we met, I was further inspired by his ambition, his integrity, and his desire to support creatives like him who don’t see their history reflected in our culture,” Laursen said. “I’m thrilled to help build Culture Machine alongside Justin, to provide a bridge for underrepresented voices to find their audience, and to amplify thematically distinct creations demanding a big stage with the incredible support of our home studio. “

Laursen began his career at Plan B, where he became creative director on shows such as The OA, Resurrection and bittersweet. He then served as vice president of television at Big Beach, where he oversaw the development slate and produced the film version of Heidi Schreck’s Pulitzer finalist play, What the Constitution means to me for Amazon Prime Video, which was nominated for a Producers Guild Award and a Critics Choice Award. Laursen’s most recent project is AMC’ Invitation to a bonfirefor which he will serve as executive producer

“What immediately impressed me about Kyle was his vast industry experience, combined with a genuine passion for raising marginalized voices in television and film. What inspired me beyond my expectations was seeing his commitment to building relationships with artists and executives,” Simien said. “He puts people first, which will prove vital as our industry continues its rapid evolution to respond to a market that demands more inclusive, personal and innovative content. With Kyle joining the team, Culture Machine is uniquely well placed. placed to face the moment.


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