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).
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.
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.
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.
Head of Business and Legal Affairs
Thom Zadra is Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Studio8. He oversees all deal-making and plays a significant role in the company’s strategic planning, business development and partner management. Thom has been in the business for more than 20 years and has held senior BA and executive positions in traditional and digital media companies including Miramax, Netflix, Yahoo and Relativity.
Robinov has a proven and impressive track record for choosing and championing smart, commercial material.