- Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017
- SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Little Minx, a Santa Monica-based production company headed by founder/EP Rhea Scott, has signed award-winning screenwriter and director Joe Carnahan for exclusive commercial representation.
Carnahan brings to Little Minx extensive experience working in both the action and comedy genres. Carnahan also has a flair for talent, having directed actors including Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Ryan Reynolds and Ray Liotta. Carnahan wrote and directed The Grey starring Liam Neeson. This reunited the duo after they collaborated on the 2010 big screen version of the TV show The A-Team. The popular 2007 cult film Smokin’ Aces followed Carnahan’s critically acclaimed cop drama Narc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and earned him a Best Director Independent Spirit Award nomination.
On the television side, Carnahan helmed the pilot for the breakout NBC hit The Blacklist and has served as both an executive producer and consultant for the show. Carnahan also created the NBC drama State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl.
Carnahan’s first foray into commercial work was in 2002, when he wrote and directed the short internet film The Hire: Ticket for BMW. The project was produced by Ridley Scott and starred Clive Owen, Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta and F. Murray Abraham. This was back when Carnahan was directing spots and branded content via RSA. Most recently, prior to joining Little Minx, Carnahan was handled in the ad arena by Pacific Rim Films.
Little Minx founder/EP Scott said of Carnahan, “He fills the room with wry humor and charisma immediately. As a filmmaker, he thinks big, he is bold which is exciting to me.”
Carnahan joins a company roster that includes directors Malik Sayeed, Zoe Cassavetes, Oscar-nominee Rodrigo Prieto, and Guggenheim fellow A.V. Rockwell. The latter earned inclusion into the 2017 SHOOT New Directors Showcase as well as Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase.
Carnahan said, “Rhea and I have been friends for years, so I’ve been able to see her build Little Minx from the ground up and I feel like it’s the perfect place for me at this point in my career. Artists don’t age like athletes. We can always get better and improve and I’m looking forward to challenging myself with this new endeavor.”
Carnahan will be available for commercial projects beginning in September.