While Brett Ratner is the face of RatPac, the company’s ambitious mandate — from Warner Bros. blockbusters, mid-range budgeted comedies and dramas, and smaller specialty pics, as well as documentaries — calls for a crack team of pros to keep all of the different projects on track. Meet the company toppers who keep RatPac humming.
Chief Operating Officer
Neinstein oversees all corporate business, legal, financial, and day-to-day operations. Before joining RatPac in 2014, Neinstein served as exec VP in charge of business affairs for Paramount, and was previously a partner at Spyglass Entertainment Group. A member of the executive branch of AMPAS with a background in law, Neinstein has cinema in his veins. “RatPac is a phenomenal brand and [founder] Brett [Ratner] is amazing at understanding that, and growing and expanding the brand, and diversifying us as a business. It’s a 24/7 job but it’s highly rewarding and I absolutely love it,” he says.
Head of Development
Cheng has served in his RatPac role since 2013. He’s been one of Ratner’s closest creative collaborators, working on the “Rush Hour” trilogy, “The Family Man,” “Red Dragon,” “Tower Heist,” and “Hercules,” while serving as an executive producer on “Mirror Mirror” and co-producer on the hit “Horrible Bosses.” Cheng also oversees RatPac’s first-look producing deal with Plan B and development of RatPac’s TV projects. “Working at RatPac means creative freedom. There isn’t a company like ours that does film financing, development, TV, documentaries, book publishing, and is headed creatively by a director.”
Marie Therese Guirgis
Head of Production
RatPac Documentary Films
Guirgis joined the company in 2014, and has developed and overseen production on films such as “Night Will Fall,” “Electric Boogaloo,” and “Chuck Norris vs. Communism.” Previously, she was senior VP, distribution and acquisitions at Wellspring, and sports producing credits including “Keep the Lights On,” “The Loneliest Planet,” “Tarnation,” and “Unknown White Male.” “RatPac is a place in which things are always evolving and growing and in which anything seems possible, more so than any other place I’ve worked,” she says.
Head of Physical Production
RatPac Documentary Films
Bardach, who’s been in his post at RatPac Documentary since 2014, is a filmmaker, producer and production executive. His body of work has appeared theatrically and on HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, National Geographic, Amazon, and Netflix. A U.K. native, Adam moved to L.A. in the early 1990s, starting in agency mailrooms before taking a job working with producer Joel Silver. “RatPac is an exciting and dynamic place to work,” he says. ”We have a lot going on in different areas of the business so it’s a great environ-
ment to learn and grow.”
RatPac sampling: Features in Development
RatPac producing with Nina Jacobson. John Crowley directing. Peter Straughan writing.
RatPac and Vin Diesel producing. Malcolm Spellman writing.
Untitled Boston College Fix
RatPac producing. Seth Gordon directing. Robert Carlock writing.
Based on the book by David Gilbert. Sarah Polley writing. RatPac producing. Roman Polanski directing.
“Spy vs Spy”
Brett Ratner directing animated feature. RatPac/Imagine/Animal Logic producing.
RatPac/Mike Deluca producing.
Based on the book by Ben Mezrich. RatPac/Beau Flynn producing. Jayson Rothwell writing.
“Yasiel Puig Story”
RatPac/Beau Flynn producing. Ablakahd Bros writing.
TV in Development
RatPac producing. Jeff Blitz directing. Jeff Blitz and Mac Carter writing.
“Swans of 5th Avenue”
Based on the bestseller by Melanie Benjamin. RatPac producing. Bryce Dallas Howard producing and starring. Jen Salt writing.
Based on the book by Annie Jacobsen. RatPac/Plan B producing. Daniel Steipleman writing.
Docs in development
Director: Tony Gerber
Director: Joe Berlinger
“War of the Whales”
Based on the bestseller by Joshua Horwitz
Untitled Dino De Laurentiis
Director: Marina Zenovich
Director: Jake Sumner
Untitled Seydou Keita
Director: Mark Kidel