Investment pieces fall into place for Jigsaw Productions

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 07-06-2012

Content Media Corp. has signed a far-reaching deal with New York-based production company Jigsaw Productions, where Content will invest a 50% stake in Jigsaw to build a diversified production company operating across film and television.

Jigsaw will use the money to add additional staff, expand development and increase its production output. Content's film, television and digital divisions will act as international distributor for Jigsaw's programs when appropriate.

Jigsaw has produced acclaimed documentary films, such as the Academy Award winner, Taxi to the Dark Side; Client # 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer; the Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; Catching Hell; Gonzo; an episode of Freakonomics; and Magic Trip. Jigsaw and Gibney have also produced episodic television, such as The Blues with Martin Scorsese and David Halberstam's The Fifties.

"We have a prolific documentary production business here at Jigsaw, and I have wanted for some time to expand into episodic television, international rights and additional fiction projects," said Jigsaw President Alex Gibney. "Content's investment in Jigsaw and its sales platform and management team will give me the resources to do that."

The companies will collaborate on a variety of ongoing projects, including an upcoming project for HBO that is produced and directed by Gibney called the Untitled Eagles Project, which is a documentary on the band. Other offerings include Finding Fela!, a documentary on the Nigerian singer; and 740 Park Avenue, a documentary in the series Why Poverty? Jigsaw is also currently developing two originally scripted feature films, as well as a miniseries based on the book Black Banners by Ali Soufan.