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Social Construct is a bold entertainment production company dedicated to curating a range of socially relevant and impactful projects, from award-winning films to episodic television. With a focus on IP development, packaging and sales, the company’s projects have been acquired by top studios and distributors worldwide, including Universal, Lionsgate, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, IFC, Amazon Studios, etc, as well as boasting laurels from the International Emmy Awards, Sundance, SXSW, Hotdocs, IDFA, and more.
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SmithDehn LLP, the innovative legal architects behind path-breaking content like DA ALI G SHOW and BORAT, and acclaimed features such as CITIZENFOUR (Oscar-winner), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Oscar-winner), and THE IMPOSTER (BAFTA-winner), combined resources with visionary, award-winning Social Construct Films, to form Convergent Media, a dynamic force in international film and television development, financing, production and sales. SmithDehn LLP features a roster of clients ranging from studios like Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Media Rights Capital, to television companies like HBO, Channel 4, BBC America, and Raw TV. Sundance award-winning production company Social Construct Films, with a diverse slate of completed feature films (including titles acquired by IFC, HBO, Lionsgate, and Tribeca), has established a growing presence in development, packaging and international sales.
By marshaling SmithDehn’s international connections, financing abilities, and industry knowledge, together with the development, production and sales experience of Social Construct Films, the two companies explore socially relevant and meaningful themes, and bring engaging, entertaining stories to audiences worldwide, while aspiring to commercial success for independent filmmakers and investors alike. Our films include BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB: ADIOS (“New York Times Critics Pick”), GUANTÁNAMO DIARY (with Benedict Cumberbatch as a producer), SAY HER NAME (with acclaimed director Leena Yadav and Oscar-Nominated screenwriter Scott Smith), and several other projects.
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Russell Smith, Founder and CEO | Co-founder of SmithDehn LLP, and a pathbreaker in the world of film and television law. Russell has facilitated deals for Oscar-and-Emmy-Award-winning projects, and has been retained by most of the major Hollywood studios, several major television networks, and countless production companies.
Zak Kilberg, Founder and Creative Director | Founder and Producer of Social Construct Films, the Sundance award-winning company behind a variety of successful media projects. Zak has significant experience in creative development, packaging, production and worldwide sales.
Michael Cleaver, Managing Director | Partner of SmithDehn LLP and co-founder of Convergent Media, Mike has been production counsel for hundreds of hours of television programming and several award-winning major motion pictures and feature documentaries.
Iz Web, Head of Development | Oversees all acquisitions and development activity for Social Construct Films. Iz is also the Director of the Asheville Story Collective, the company’s “original content generation project,” that generates up to 300 unique, riveting and relevant story ideas per year.
With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, London, and India, SmithDehn LLP is one of the leading US and UK providers of legal services in the television and motion picture industries.
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