Documentarian Burstein Signs on With RDF USA

Apr 1, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (“American Teen”) is pushing further into television, signing a multiproject deal with independent studio RDF USA.
Ms. Burstein has already begun developing a slate of projects with RDF’s executive team. She follows filmmakers such as R.J. Cutler and World of Wonder Productions in making the leap from documentaries to TV.
“Nanette is an incredible filmmaker—she earns the trust of her subjects, telling compelling stories with a unique sense of style,” said Lauren Gellert, senior VP of RDF USA.
Ms. Burstein’s “American Teen” won the 2008 documentary directing prize at Sundance. Her other credits include “The Kid Stays in the Picture” and “On the Ropes.”
She has worked in TV before, producing IFC’s “Film School” and the VH1 documentary “NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell.”
“What RDF and I both bring to the table makes for a perfect partnership. We are already off to a great start, developing original and unique ideas for the unscripted space,” Ms. Burstein said.
Ms. Burstein also is transitioning into scripted films, signing to direct Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in “Going the Distance” for New Line.
RDF Chief Executive Officer Chris Coelen knows Ms. Burstein well: He was on her team of agents at United Talent Agency when he was at that company.

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