Jason Bateman formally entered producing in 2012 with a two-year first-look deal at Universal Pictures and its TV sibling Universal Television for his then-newly launched Aggregate Films, co-run by James Garavente. Over the course of that deal, the company landed a series on the air, NBC’s Growing Up Fisher. On the feature side, Aggregate was behind the box office hit Identity Thief and the directorial debut of Bateman’s Bad Words. As a follow-up, Bateman is directing and starring in Aggregate Films’ The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman currently in production in New York City.
Aggregate has now renewed its first-look agreement with both Universal Pictures and Universal TV for two more years. Signaling an expansion on the TV side, Bateman and Garavente have hired television executive Shaleen Desai as EVP of Aggregate Films. Desai will head the company’s TV division under the new deal. He comes to Aggregate from Fishbowl Worldwide Media where as SVP he oversaw the scripted department.