The Green Knight star Dev Patel has unveiled his production company Minor Realm, which has a first-look deal with ShivHans Pictures, and announced two key hires.
Launched with the aim of championing stories from voices and talent “that too often are unrecognised”, Minor Realm has brought on industry veterans Lakshmi Iyengar and Samarth Sahni who will be based in Los Angeles and report directly to Patel.
Iyengar most recently served as VP of worldwide acquisitions and production at Sony Pictures and joins as EVP, head of production and development to oversee the film and TV development slate. At Sony she was the creative executive on films such as Late Night, Ammonite, The Wedding Guest and The World To Come. She started her studio career in worldwide acquisitions at Universal and Focus.
Sahni arrives as EVP, production and his production experience includes Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, Life Of Pi, and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Sahni worked with Patel on his upcoming directorial debut Monkey Man at Netflix, which is in post-production, as well as The Wedding Guest and the short Home Shopper, which Patel directed.
“There are so many critical stories and visions from incredibly talented minds that need to be told but there too often is no avenue or opportunity to do so,” said Patel. “Our passion at Minor Realm is to foster and advocate for these creatives. Both Lakshmi and Samarth have such strong backgrounds in developing a wide range of content and I couldn’t think of two better executives to work hand and hand with.”
“We are thrilled about the expansion of Minor Realm and the opportunity for ShivHans Pictures to continue to partner with such a creative team,” said ShivHans Pictures founder and CEO Shivani Rawat. “Their vision perfectly complements the storytelling we look to produce and we look forward to developing and showcasing important voices and content to audiences.”
Patel and ShivHans Pictures previously collaborated on Hotel Mumbai.