We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Oscar-winning producer, Michael Sugar (formerly with Anonymous Content), and his new media company Sugar23. Michael, alongside A-list filmmakers, Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Bond 25) and David Gordon Green (George Washington, Halloween) have made an investment and joined S/W as Advisors!
Short film is where innovative storytelling is born. With the internet, the quality and diversity of fresh voices is exploding, yet the ladders for this new wave of filmmakers to break into the industry are still underdeveloped. More and more of the filmmakers we work with are looking beyond reaching audiences and toward crafting sustainable careers: how they can turn their short into a feature, break into commercial directing, land a manager, or develop a script for a film or series.
We’re excited to partner with Michael, Cary, and David to further expand the Short of the Week mission of providing a launchpad for the next generation of filmmakers to share their stories on a larger stage. Michael Sugar has incredible experience growing directing talent as a manager for filmmaking visionaries Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh, Leslye Headland, Edgar Wright, Patty Jenkins and others, in addition to Cary Fukunaga and David Gordon Green. His new media company, Sugar23, has first look deals with Netflix and Anonymous Content.
“Billions of videos are viewed online every day, and Short of the Week is an incredible platform for filmmakers to reach that large base of viewers while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of what is possible with video content.
—Michael Sugar, Founder & CEO, Sugar23
“Short of the Week consistently champions emerging talent, providing them with the tools and the stage to ultimately become some of the industry’s most innovative storytellers, and we are excited to facilitate even quicker growth for this already fast-rising player.”
We’re excited to make this happen and for what it means, not just for ourselves, but for the entire online short film community that we’ve been honored to champion over the past 12 years. We can’t wait to get started on a few ideas.
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Founded in 2017 by Academy Award®-winning manager-producer Michael Sugar, Sugar23 is a burgeoning creative investment company specializing in original, premium content and brand incubation and investment.
In the short time since its inception, Sugar23 has already set numerous high-profile prestige projects into motion, including the film adaptation of Hummingbird Salamander, the latest sci-fi novel from bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy); Infidel with TriStar Pictures, based on the horror comic of the same name; Tell Me Everything, based on the upcoming thriller novel by Cambria Brockman; The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman; Final Girls with Universal Pictures, based on the bestselling novel by Riley Sager; the film adaptation of Atlantic Magazine’s Dr. Rapp the story of 63-year-old doctor-turned-freestyle rapper and the film adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story Faun. Both Faun and Dr. Rapp were acquired by Netflix after multi-studio bidding wars. Sugar23 has a first-look deal with Anonymous Content, the TV and film production company where Sugar formerly worked and shepherded such award-winning projects as Spotlight, The Knick, The OA, Maniac on Netflix and I Am the Night on TNT.
In addition to its creative development/production capabilities, through its Sugar23 Global division, Sugar23 is a full-service venture creator network working with creatives and entrepreneurs at all levels, from startups to established businesses, on brand development, targeted investments, and core cultural strategies.