TV production powerhouse Jax Media is expanding into film and tapped John Hodges, one of the founding partners of A24, as its new head of film."I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Jax," Hodges said. "Theirs is a potent brand that I’ve admired for a long time, and their reputation as innovative partners to talent is second to none."In this newly created role, Hodges will be tasked with overseeing and growing all of Jax Media’s film projects. The company's...
Hodges previously served as head of production and development at Big Beach Films and exec produced “Our Idiot Brother” and “Safety Not Guaranteed.” He also produced Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ 2013 coming-of-age drama “Kings of Summer,” starring Nick Robinson.
A24’s first hit came in 2013 with James Franco’s “Spring Breakers” grossing more than $32 million, followed by Emma Watson’s “The Bling Ring” with $20 million. It saw significant success in the 2015 awards season with “Room,” which won Brie Larson an Oscar, and “Ex Machina.”
A24 scored its biggest grosser in early 2016 with “The Witch” topping $40 million. Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” became a critical success and awards-season contender. The company is also releasing another awards contender, Annette Bening’s “20th Century Women,” on Dec. 25, 2016.
By late 2016, Katz and Fenkel were still involved in the day-to-date operations to a greater extent than Hodges