EXCLUSIVE: Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have tapped veteran independent producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens as president of their Animal Pictures production banner. In her new role, Renfrew Behrens will oversee development and production of Animal’s slate of original series, in addition to feature and documentary projects. The company recently inked a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios.
“We are thrilled and lucky to have the brilliant Danielle Renfrew Behrens join forces with us here at Animal Pictures headquarters,” said Lyonne and Rudolph. “We could not have hoped for a greater fit. She has impeccable taste in material and an eye for spotting fresh, integral voices. We cannot wait to create wholly original and exciting new shows together.”
Most recently, Renfrew Behrens ran Superlative Films, a film fund she founded in 2016. Through Superlative, she produced critically acclaimed films including Columbus starring John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson, which was nominated for multiple Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards; Lucky starring Harry Dean Stanton, also a Gotham Award nominee; and Jordana Spiro’s directorial debut Night Comes On, which won Sundance’s NEXT Innovator Award and a Grand Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival.
Over the course of her career, Renfrew Behrens has premiered 10 films at the Sundance Film Festival including Grand Jury Prize winner The Queen of Versailles; Emmy-nominated Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck; the Golden Globe-nominated Grandma, which earned rave reviews for star Lily Tomlin; and Waitress, which is now a hit Broadway musical starring Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel.
Renfrew Behrens was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for producing and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.