LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 16, 2018
Announced today Jaunt Inc., the global partner of choice for producing and distributing immersive content, has partnered with XYZ Films in a first look deal for all of XYZ’s upcoming virtual reality projects.
“XYZ Films is one of the most forward-thinking production houses in the industry and we couldn’t be more excited about partnering with them,” said Tom Vance, Co-Head of Jaunt Studios. “They have an unbelievable track record in collaborating with some of the most sought-after filmmakers in the business, and we are looking forward to working with XYZ to help bring their amazing skillset to creating quality immersive content.”
XYZ Films, an integrated production and sales company, has become a premier destination for directorial talent. They recently released Craig Zahler’s BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 starring Vince Vaughn, and Jamie Dagg-directed SWEET VIRGINIA starring Jon Bernthal. Pending 2018 releases include Panos Cosmatos directed MANDY, which will premiere at Sundance, MOM AND DAD (directed by Brian Taylor, starring Nicolas Cage), and I KILL GIANTS (directed by Anders Walter, starring Zoe Saldana), both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Additional credits for XYZ Films include THE RAID, THE INVITATION, I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE.
“VR is a new frontier for storytelling. It’s a dynamic medium for narrative filmmaking we’ve been eager to jump into with our directors. This partnership enables us to do so with one of the premier content creators in the space,” says XYZ partner Nick Spicer.
Jaunt co-produced the acclaimed VR series Invisible directed by Doug Liman and in 2017, Jaunt released their first six degrees of freedom (6DoF) mixed-reality experience, Free the Night, created and directed by Nicole McDonald in partnership with Microsoft for Windows Mixed Reality. This year Jaunt was also nominated for two Emmy Awards, winning its first Emmy Award for the documentary film Collisions, directed by Lynette Wallworth. Jaunt Studios has produced and distributed more than 300 pieces of immersive content and has aggregated the largest library of immersive content that is licensed to distributors throughout the globe.
Aaron Hart will oversee all projects for Jaunt and led the deal negotiations. Deal was negotiated by Vanessa Roman of Akin Gump on behalf of XYZ. Projects between Jaunt Studios and XYZ Films have not yet been announced.
About Jaunt Inc.
Jaunt is the global partner of choice for producing and distributing immersive virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality content. With the experience of over 300 immersive productions, Jaunt’s full-service global production house Jaunt Studios develops award winning branded content, co-productions and original experiences for both entertainment and enterprise customers. Jaunt’s state of the art immersive content distribution technology, the Jaunt XR Platform, is the white label solution of choice for media companies, sports leagues, brands, content aggregators and enterprise customers, enabling distribution of immersive content through their owned and operated channels.
Founded in 2013, Jaunt is the pioneer in providing end-to end solutions for creating and distributing immersive content across all platforms including Facebook 360, YouTube 360, and Twitter, native iOS and Android mobile apps, and all scaled VR, AR and MR headsets and platforms. Jaunt has been recognized with two Lumiere Awards, two Emmy nominations, one Emmy Award, and was recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies along with being on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list two years in a row.
Headquartered in San Mateo, California, the company maintains Jaunt Studios in Los Angeles, an EMEA business office in London, and a sales office in New York. In 2017, Jaunt established Shanghai-based Jaunt China, a VR company formed in partnership with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and China Media Capital (CMC).
Jaunt’s investors include The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, CMC, Highland Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures, SMG, Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 SE, The Madison Square Garden Company, Google Ventures, Peter Gotcher, and Sky (corporate.sky.com). Experience more at www.jauntvr.com.
About XYZ Films
XYZ Films is an integrated content company whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As an independent production company and worldwide sales agency, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.