Indigenous Media’s new hires merge traditional and digital

Jake Avnet, co-founder of the new-gen prodco, has big plans for a broad content slate in 2016, and says the veteran execs will help achieve that goal.
December 4, 2015

With plans for an “aggressive” development and production slate in 2016 across digital and traditional platforms, prodco Indigenous Media has hired two executives to help build up the business.

Joining the company are Ben Fast, EVP, development, and Maira Nevarez, EVP, finance and operations.

Fast formerly served as director of scripted television at the Weinstein Company, while Nevarez worked as VP, finance for E! Entertainment and Esquire Television Networks at NBCUniversal.

Jake Avnet, who co-founded Indigenous in 2014 with his father, Jon Avnet (Black Swan), and Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), told StreamDaily the company is looking to expand its expertise beyond traditional media into new distribution models, and both execs offer the skills to help Indigenous achieve that goal.

“The two of them, especially Maira, have a background in more traditional media, but with all these new risks that companies are taking, they’ve delved into that more entrepreneurial world of new distribution formats,” he said.

Indigenous produces content for both traditional and digital distribution, but Avnet said he doesn’t want to limit the company.

“I tend to look most at the format of the content. Depending on the length and story type, something might work better for a theatrical release, and but something else might be a good pick for a web series,” he said.

Indigenous is currently going over submissions for a recently launched film incubator project with blockbuster star Josh Hutcherson signed on to direct up to five short films that are selected.

Avnet said he was not ready to reveal more details on future projects.

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