Former Warner Bros executive Jeff Robinov is said to be talking to a number of investors to finance a new production company that could be set up most likely at Sony Pictures, and if a deal can’t be made there possibly 20th Century Fox. Despite rumors and reports swirling about done deals with the likes of China’s Huayi Brothers Media, we’re hearing that nothing has been set in stone in his quest to raise $100 million in funds. There are many moving parts, we’ve been told, and talks with numerous other investors are ongoing, and any combination of investors is possible. One rumored financier that is out at the moment is Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik, who had been in talks to provide the bulk of an investment for the new shingle. The crisis in Ukraine might have played a part in the cooling off of those talks.
Meanwhile, questions abound as to whether former Warner Bros exec Lynn Harris might join her former boss in Robinov’s new company. She is under contract until June. The pair worked together on pushing through Gravity, which just won seven Oscars including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. Before he was let go as Warner Bros Picture Group president in June 2013, Robinov greenlit The Lego Movie, which surpassed $200 million domestically in only four weeks of release, and Her, also a Best Picture nominee that won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Spike Jonze.
Robinov is a former ICM literary agent is known for his strong talent relationships and story development prowess.