Award-Winning Filmmaker R.J. Cutler Signs With WME – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed filmmaker R.J. Cutler and his manufacturing company This Machine, contemporary off the announcement of Cutler’s upcoming documentary on Elton John.

“The agency will work with the award-winning filmmaker – who has made some of the most significant documentaries and television series of the past quarter century – in all areas,” in response to Cutler’s PR reps.

Deadline broke the information final week that Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ received the rights to the Elton John function, to be co-directed by Cutler and John’s life companion David Furnish, in a deal pegged at round $30 million. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And the Years That Made His Legend will embody live performance performances spanning 50 years, in addition to the recording artist’s journals and up to date footage of his household (John and Furnish are dad and mom to 2 boys—Zachary, age 8, and Elijah, 6).

Director R.J. Cutler and Billie Eilish

Director R.J. Cutler and Billie Eilish take part in a Q&A in Hollywood, November 3, 2021
Courtesy of Matthew Carey

Over the course of a 30-year career, Cutler has grow to be one of many main figures in nonfiction movie. He most just lately directed the Oscar-shortlisted and Emmy-nominated documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, which Apple TV+ scooped up in one other mega-deal (reportedly $25 million). His credit embody producing the seminal 1993 Oscar-nominated documentary The War Room, which took viewers contained in the Clinton presidential marketing campaign with strategists James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, and one other acclaimed politically-themed doc, 2013’s The World According to Dick Cheney. Among his different landmark credit are directing The September Issue (2010), which documented vogue editor Anna Wintour’s work at Vogue; the 2020 documentary Belushi, on John Belushi, and creating American High—winner of the primary Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Television Series.

Cutler produced Lauren Greenfield’s Emmy Award-winning 2006 documentary Thin, in addition to Stevan Riley’s Emmy-nominated 2015 movie Listen to Me Marlon, about Marlon Brando.

Cutler’s docuseries Dear… just lately launched its second season on Apple TV+. His work within the scripted enviornment contains conceiving and directing the Emmy-nominated ABC collection Nashville. His company This Machine is a part of Sony Pictures Television.

“Current projects in production from Cutler and This Machine include Murf the Surf, a four part true crime docuseries that will air on Epix, from This Machine and Imagine Documentaries that pulls the curtain back on Jack Roland Murphy, America’s most infamous jewel thief,” Cutler’s reps inform Deadline. “Big Vape, a documentary series for Netflix, chronicling the rise of E-cigarette company Juul based on TIME reporter Jamie Ducharme’s non-fiction book that This Machine is partnering with Amblin to produce, with Cutler directing; and a feature documentary about the life and times of Martha Stewart for Netflix that Cutler will direct and produce.”

In addition to successful two Emmys and incomes an Oscar nomination, Cutler has acquired two Peabody Awards, a GLAAD Award, two Cinema Eye Awards, and two Television Academy Honor Awards. Last year he was named the recipient of the Pennebaker Award, the lifetime achievement honor given by the Critics’ Choice Association, an award of specific significance to Cutler as a result of he labored with administrators D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on The War Room.

For authorized issues, Cutler continues to be represented by Jeanne Newman at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.

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