EXCLUSIVE: Derek Doneen, whose feature documentary directing debut Kailash won a marquee Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has signed with WME. In Kailash, Doneen followed Nobel Peace Prize-winning Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, whose team has liberated more than 86,000 children in India from child labor, slavery and trafficking.
Doneen was an in-house filmmaker at Participant Media who worked with Davis Guggenheim on films including Waiting for Superman and directing content for Starbucks, American Express and the Gates Foundation. He edited Guggenheim’s short documentary about President Obama for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
His credits include editing Kobe Bryant’s Muse at Showtime and producing Shot in the Dark, which was broadcast as part of Fox Sports’ “MAGNIFY” series, and The Dream is Now. He also directed the docu short Spent: Looking for Change.