As the company continues to build its film slate and also expands into television, Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has just made two new executive hires for its film creative team. John Graham, who most recently was VP of Production at Paramount Pictures, has been named senior VP. Jessica Switch, who oversaw Lionsgate’s thriller Nerve which garnered high praise from its core audience and has made about $27M to date, has been hired as a VP.
They both come to the company at a time when Studio 8 is putting together a slate with quality filmmakers that includes Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk which will be released in partnership with TriStar on Nov. 11, Albert Hughes’ The Solutrean, which is in post-production and director Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick which is being produced by John Lesher (Birdman) and Scott Franklin (Black Swan, The Wrestler) and is in pre-production.
Studio 8, which secured $1B in financing two years ago, was funded in partnership with the Chinese investment management firm Fosun Group and with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Last year, they launched their indie TV division.
During his stint at Paramount as a production VP, he oversaw such films as 10 Cloverfield Lane — which has grossed over $100M worldwide and the upcoming Bad Robot-produced God Particle, directed by Julius Onah and starring Elizabeth Debicki, Ziyi Zhang and David Oyelowo.
Graham first joined Paramount as part of their micro-budget division, Insurge. Prior to his studio stint, he was director of development at Sony Screen Gems working on titles such as Think Like A Man, Easy A and Legion.
Switch began her career at Lionsgate in 2010 as a receptionist before rising through to become director of development. In addition to the well-received Nerve, she oversaw the upcoming Matt
Johnson moon landing drama Operation Avalanche which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim and will receive a limited release by Lionsgate next month.