STUDIO 8 is a filmmaker-driven company focused on building longstanding relationships with filmmakers in order to develop, produce and acquire both potential tentpoles and prestige pictures. Studio 8 is funded in partnership with the Chinese investment management firm Fosun Group and with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Studio 8 has secured $1 billion in financing. The company’s initial film projects include Alpha, which is currently in post production with Albert Hughes directing, White Boy Rick, which is currently in post production with Yann Demange directing, and recently released Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in partnership with Sony’s TriStar Pictures.
STUDIO 8 founder and CEO, Jeff Robinov, previously served as an executive at Warner Bros., climbing the ranks to serve as President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Under Robinov’s leadership, the division crossed the billion-dollar mark every year since 2002 in both domestic and international box office. Robinov helped oversee some of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed films and franchises in recent memory, including The Dark Knight trilogy (over $2.4 billion worldwide), The Hangover films (over $1.4 billion worldwide), Inception (over $825 million worldwide), Argo (over $230 million worldwide) which won the best picture Oscar, and Gravity which surpassed $716 million worldwide.
Jeff Robinov is founder and CEO of Studio 8, a multi-platform media company funded in partnership with Fosun Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Robinov served as an executive at Warner Bros., starting his tenure at the company as Senior Vice President of Production and climbing the ranks to serve as President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group from November 2007 to July 2013. Under Robinov’s leadership, the division crossed the billion-dollar mark every year since 2002 in both domestic and international box office.
During his tenure, Robinov helped oversee some of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed films and franchises in recent memory, including The Dark Knight trilogy (over $2.4 billion worldwide), The Hangover films (over $1.4 billion worldwide), Inception (over $825 million worldwide), Argo (over $230 million worldwide) which won the best picture Oscar, and Gravity (over $716 million worldwide).
Lindsey Bayman, former Executive Vice President, Motion Picture Business Affairs at Paramount Pictures, joined Studio 8 to run Business Affairs in 2014 and was promoted to COO in 2017.
At Paramount, Bayman helped oversee hit franchises including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jackass and Interstellar. She joined Paramount in 2006, having previously run business affairs for independent movie producers Phoenix Pictures and Pandemonium Films.
Bob Brassel is a founding member of Studio 8, and serves as Executive Vice President, Creative. He oversees a variety of film projects.
Brassel most recently served as EVP of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures where he shepherded a diverse array of films such as Constantine, Outbreak, The Fugitive, the Superman franchise, Oliver Stone’s Alexander The Great, and Interview With The Vampire among others. In 1995, Brassel left Warner Bros. for a production position at DreamWorks; he returned to Warner Bros. Pictures in 2001.
Chris Goldberg is Executive Vice President of Literary and Creative at Studio 8 where he oversees the development of several active projects while continuing to focus on the acquisition of books, articles, and short stories for film and television adaptation.
Prior to joining Studio 8, Goldberg worked as Director of Literary Affairs for the feature film divisions at Fox. Goldberg was involved in the acquisition of film rights to projects such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, the short story “Animal Rescue” by Dennis Lehane which became the recent Fox Searchlight movie The Drop, and The Martian by Andy Weir.
John Graham, former Senior Vice President of Creative, was promoted in 2017 and is the head of Creative at Studio 8.
Graham most recently served as VP of Production at Paramount Pictures where he oversaw films including 10 Cloverfield Lane and the upcoming Bad Robot-produced God Particle directed by Julius Onah. Graham first joined Paramount as part of their micro-budget division, Insurge. Prior to joining Paramount, Graham was the Director of Development at Sony Screen Gems working on titles such as Think Like A Man, Easy A and Legion.
SVP, Business Affairs & Legal
Lauren Miller is Senior Vice President of Television Business Affairs at Studio 8 where she negotiates Studio 8’s television deals and oversees legal matters for the company’s television division.
Prior to joining Studio 8, Miller worked as an entertainment associate at the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman where she represented major studios, independent production companies, television networks, video-on-demand and electronic-sell-through platforms, and other institutional and individual clients in various transactions in connection with all aspects of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and television programming. Miller started her career as a litigation associate at Loeb & Loeb LLP, focusing primarily on intellectual property matters.
EVP, Story & Development
Mark Miner is EVP Story and Creative at Studio 8 where he oversees story, development and research. Prior to joining the Studio 8 team, Miner was EVP of Story and Creative for nearly a decade at Paramount where he ran the story department and helped oversee project development through all movie labels within the company including Paramount, MTV and Nick. Before Paramount, Miner was a veteran studio analyst at Universal where he worked on various franchise and prestige movies such as “Jurassic Park”, “Bourne Identity” and “Casino”. Miner is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Editors Guild and Story Analysts Guild.
Prior to joining Studio 8, Rosner served as an Executive Producer on Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. She also Executive produced the award winning The Big Short, the blockbuster hits Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Baby Mama, a 2nd collaboration with Tina Fey and 3rd with Lorne Michaels.
Other Executive Producer credits include The Brothers Grimsby, Machine Gun Preacher, Paparazzi, Firestorm and On the Line. She co-produced Tina Fey’s critical and box-office smash Mean Girls, Hot Rod, Fracture, Beauty Shop, Get Over It, Boys and Girls, She’s All That and A Kid in King Arthur’s Court. Rosner also produced indie hit The Last Time I Committed Suicide and Comedies Denial and Swing. Rosner produced hundreds of commercials in the UK and cut her teeth as a production coordinator on several major projects including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; The Crush; Imaginary Crimes and Silent Fall.
Jessica Switch is Vice President of Creative at Studio 8. Switch started her career at Lionsgate in December 2010 as a receptionist and rose up the ranks, most recently serving as director of development. In addition to the well-received Nerve, she oversaw Matt Johnson’s moon landing drama Operation Avalanche which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim and received a limited release by Lionsgate.
SVP, Legal Affairs
Before joining Studio 8, Hatter served as SVP, Legal Affairs at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, where he began his career in the entertainment industry as a production attorney in 2000. During his tenure at Fox, Hatter oversaw the development and production of such films as Marley & Me, Life of Pi, Gone Girl, Hidden Figures, and the Taken series. Prior to that, Hatter was in private practice, working as a litigator at the Los Angeles offices of the law firms Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP.
Guy Danella is Senior Vice President of Creative at Studio 8 where his focus is on the acquisition and development of feature film projects. Danella most recently served as SVP of Production at Simon Kinberg’s Fox-based Genre Films. At Genre, he worked on many of the company’s Marvel projects, including X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2 and New Mutants. Before that, he was SVP, Production for Gold Circle Entertainment, the company behind the Pitch Perfect franchise. Danella began his career at the William Morris Agency.
Robinov has a proven and impressive track record for choosing and championing smart, commercial material.