The unnamed venture has set a mission of supporting emerging filmmakers “who have a singular voice and a distinctive point of view,” an announcement said.
The label hopes to streamline the complicated process of producing low-budget indies, making three to four films per year to start with modest budgets and flexible distribution options. Brye Adler and Jonathan Golfman of MRC Films announced the label with Johnson and Bergman. T-Street’s Ben LeClair will oversee day-to-day management.
MRC owns a minority equity stake in T-Street, founded in 2019, and notably paired with “Rian and Ram,” as they are known, on the Academy Award nominated ensemble mystery “Knives Out.”
“MRC and T-Street have always had the shared value of wanting to create environments that allow artists to make creatively ambitious movies that can break out commercially. Providing this support and opportunity to filmmakers early in their career is the natural extension of this mission,” said Adler and Golfman.
Johnson and Bergman added they had “experienced the importance of having partners like MRC who understand and protect a filmmaker’s vision, and that becomes all the more crucial when you’re navigating these waters for the first or second time. For us, this is about finding and working with great people as much as it is about making great films.”
Additional Johnson and Bergman credits include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Looper.” T-Street is currently at work on “Three Body Problem” at Netflix with David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo. They’ve also got “Poker Face,” starring Natasha Lyonne with MRC Television and Peacock. The duo is represented by CAA and attorney Stephen Clark.
MRC Films is behind titles like the Oscar-nominated “Baby Driver,” the top-grossing comedy “Ted,” “Babel,” and Netflix’s “The Lovebirds.” The upcoming slate includes Halle Berry’s “The Mothership” at Netflix. The company recently announced three other focused film labels: Amy Baer’s Landline Pictures focusing on audiences over 50, an untitled female comedy label led by Becky Sloviter, and the unnamed romance-focused label led by Elizabeth Cantillon.
Variety parent company PMC is a partner with MRC in the PMRC venture that owns Billboard, Vibe and the Hollywood Reporter.