Mike Rosenstein, former senior executive at Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, has lined up the first projects under his own production company, Sunset Rose Pictures, including Bad Trip, a comedic documentary about psychedelics, and TV series with Erica Oyama and one Armen Weitzman.
A half-hour special, Portraits with Yung Jake, premieres tonight at 11:30 PM on Viceland. It follows rapper-artist Yung Jake as he takes “high art” to the next level creating an emoji portrait of guest Kate Upton in this post-modern instructional art and interview show. Rosenstein executive produces alongside Jake and Vice’s Spike Jonze. Kitao Sakurai is director/co-executive producer.
Sunset Rose’s first project was the 2016 Reggie Watts’ Spatial one-hour comedy special produced with A24 that is available on Netflix.
Rosenstein recently sold comedy projects to FX and Comedy Central. Additionally, he continues as an executive producer on Red Hour’s Comedy Central series Another Period, created by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindom and directed by Jeremy Konner.
“Everyone in comedy knows and loves Mike. Including us. He’s the secret weapon behind a lot of great projects and we are lucky to be working with him,” said Lindhome. Added Leggero, “Whenever Mike asks me to be a part of a project I always say yes. He has great taste.”
Sunset Rose is in post-production on Bad Trip, a comedic documentary about psychedelics, which features 100+ celebrity storytellers sharing their funniest past experiences on hallucinogens. That includes Ben Stiller, the late Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, Anthony Bourdain, Sting, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and many more.
From writer/director: Donick Cary (The Simpsons, Silicon Valley), Bad Trip is described as a star-studded cinematic rabbit hole full of funny tripping stories, crazy visuals, animation, big revelations, talking food, and the best things to do while high (including watching this movie), as told by your favorite comedians, musicians, and artists.
“Mike is what the LA comedy scene is today: edgy, groundbreaking, and unique. He is a supremely cool comedy nerd who makes things he wants to see. He’s in it for the right reasons. And his beard is legendary,” said Stiller.
Several other projects are currently in internal development at Sunset Rose, including one with Erica Oyama, creator of Burning Love, and one with Armen Weitzman (Another Period, Silicon Valley, and Love)
For many years, Rosenstein produced alongside Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld at Red Hour Films. In addition to Another Period, he also has executive produced The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon, Academy Award nominees for The Big Sick, Jonah Ray, and director Lance Bangs for Comedy Central; Burning Love with Ken Marino and Erica Oyama for Paramount; The Birthday Boys with Bob Odenkirk and Abso Lutely Productions for IFC; and Big Time In Hollywood , FL with Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf for Comedy Central.
“We worked with Rosenstein on the first TV show we ever got to make. In fact, it was Rosenstein who helped us to understand that the live show we were doing could be a TV show,” said Gordon and Nanjiani. “He is creative, hard-working, and never once have we seen him overwhelmed or unnerved. He knows so many talented people, he is innovative in his approach to making things, and he truly understands production as it is and as it could be in the future. He also loves sunsets.”
Rosenstein’s digital series producing credits include Stiller and Meara, Next Time On Lonny, and Zoolander: Super Model. He also has produced several comedy specials. On the feature side, his credits include Zoolander 2 starring Ben Stiller. At Red Hour Films, Rosenstein worked on the production and marketing of such films as Tropic Thunder and 30 Minute Or Less, before becoming Head of Production for TV and Digital. He is repped by UTA, and attorney Lev Ginsburg.