Film and TV producer-distributor Endeavor Content has rebranded as Fifth Season, effective immediately.
The company launched in 2017 and housed several production, sales and distribution assets within Hollywood agency Endeavor, WME and IMG.
It was spun off earlier this year in compliance with rules governing agency ownership of production entities. South Korea’s CJ ENM moved in to acquire an 80% stake that valued the business at around $1bn, while Endeavor holds 20%.
The name Fifth Season is inspired by Eastern culture, which recognises a fifth season, a celebratory time of harvest in late summer. The logo is a mosaic of glyphs which embody unique qualities and facets of the company’s ethos and will continue to evolve as Fifth Season expands.
Co-CEO Graham Taylor, who works alongside co-CEO Chris Rice, said, “We were seeking a name that signified East meets West, something that could speak to the global nature of our business and be both borderless and language-less as we continue to expand globally.”
Fifth Season aims to deliver more than 30 series and films a year and expects to produce more than $1bn in projects over the coming calendar year. The television distribution business handles global distribution on in-house and third-party content such as Killing Eve, The Night Manager and Normal People.
Upcoming projects include the final instalment of See with Jason Momoa for Apple; 80 For Brady starring Tom Brady, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin; Book Club 2: The Next Chapter; Alma Har’el’s Lady In The Lake starring Natalie Portman for Apple; and The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart, Amazon’s first Australian original, starring Sigourney Weaver.
Recent content of note include Oscar-nominated The Lost Daughter, Sundance hit Cha Cha Real Smooth, and Apple’s Emmy-nominated show Severance.
Fifth Season leadership team includes COO Tim Robinson, CFO Kasee Calabrese, general counsel Francisco Arias, and head of HR Dr. Tasmin Plater.
Joe Hipps leads the TV studio, Alexis Garcia the film side, Todd Sharp physical production, Prentiss Fraser TV distribution, and Kevin Iwashina documentary.
The company currently employs 220 people across offices in New York, London, Miami, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Colombia and Beijing and anticipates expansion. CJ Group vice-chairwoman Miky Lee chairs the Fifth Season board.