- Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
- VENICE, Calif.
Saville Productions has signed Emmy-nominated documentary director Dawn Porter for commercials and branded entertainment in the U.S. This marks her first representation in the ad arena. She is repped for all other content, including feature-length fare, by ICM.
Porter selects cultural stories that hold strong public perceptions and strips them of their preconceived notions, revealing fresh perspectives and insights. She has revealed impactful truths in documentaries such as: Gideon’s Army (2013), which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Editing Award; Spies of Mississippi (2014); and Trapped (2016), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious 2017 Peabody Award, among other honors.
Porter honed her ability to draw forth stirring, honest narratives through her experiences litigating in law and managing ethical practices for such television networks as ABC and A&E. Drawn to projects that present clarity, Porter lifts the curtain on often political and controversial topics to provide insight into her subjects’ earnest motivations.
Rupert Maconick, Saville’s EP, noted, “Porter brings an authentic approach to her beautifully constructed stories that will benefit the commercial and branded entertainment world. She is a strong asset to Saville and will continue to shine with fantastic narrative-driven productions.”
Porter said of Maconick, “I had other documentarian friends, including Morgan Neville and Dan Krauss, who worked with him and liked him very much. Saville is flexible, creative and really tries to match their filmmakers with clients who appreciate their original style.”
After graduating from Swarthmore College and Georgetown Law Center, Porter practiced with Baker & Hostetler, before serving as director of standards and practices at ABC News and A&E Television Networks. Porter segued her career into filmmaking with her debut HBO documentary Gideon’s Army, which in addition to the Sundance recognition garnered the Tribeca All-Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and News & Documentary Emmy Award. Other noteworthy laurels include her nationally-televised interview with President Obama for her film Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, which was broadcast on The Discovery Channel and The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2015.
Saville Productions is an established entertainment company that has produced hundreds of content projects for major brands with high- profile filmmakers, including: Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), Paul Haggis (Crash), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Fernando Meirelles (City Of God).
Saville produced the award-winning Herzog feature-length documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World for NetScout. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired for worldwide distribution by Magnolia Pictures. Saville co-produced Eddie The Eagle, starring Hugh Jackman distributed by Fox and Lionsgate. Saville’s cinematic short film Out There, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis, won the Cannes Gold Lion.
Saville is currently developing a slate of scripted series, documentaries and feature films in collaboration with major brands.