"Black Swan" producer Brian Oliver, who is officially launching New Republic Pictures as a production and financing company, has signed a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.The company was announced Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival and will be backed by a film fund made up of investors out of the U.S., Europe, India, and the Middle East. Additionally, the first-look agreement with Paramount may include co-financing and distributing some theatrical features.New Republic has also signed on to co-finance Paramount's Elton...
As president and co-founder of Cross Creek Pictures (CCP), Oliver has brought his extensive 20-year film exec experience and expertise to the company. He took a gamble with CCP’s first feature, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological ballet thriller “Black Swan” and won big, nabbing the Best Feature Film Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, and receiving Best Picture nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
Oliver kicked off his career in film at Paramount Pictures, followed by a period at William Morris Agency’s Motion Picture department. He next became VP of Production at Propaganda Films, where he produced Paul Schrader’s “Auto Focus.” He then founded and ran Arthaus Pictures before jointly launching CCP with Timmy and Tyler Thompson in 2009.
Oliver also produced CCP’s “The Ides of March,” which garnered him a second PGA Best Picture nom. Additional CCP credits include box office hit “The Woman in Black,” starring Daniel Radcliffe; Ron Howard’s Formula One racing biopic, “Rush;” “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” starring Liam Neeson; “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet;” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies;” “Everest;” “Black Mass;” “Hacksaw Ridge;” and “American Made,” the Tom Cruise Colombian-set drama originally titled “Mena.” Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, as well as a J.D. from Whittier College School of Law.