EXCLUSIVE: Wayfarer Studios has promoted Jamey Heath to President. In his new position on the firm, he will likely be tasked with constructing out its imaginative and prescient and making certain that each one artistic choices, enterprise alternatives, and partnerships are in keeping with its total mission and values. Heath may even now oversee the monetary well being and administration of the impartial manufacturing studio.
Heath joined Wayfarer in December of 2020, most not too long ago serving as interim chief working officer. During his time in that position, he performed an integral half within the studio’s efforts to advance filming on a number of initiatives, serving to to construct a sizeable slate to additional its development and enlargement. Heath has confirmed a pure match for the corporate centered on socially-conscious initiatives, given his conviction that purpose-driven content material and business success are usually not mutually unique.
Heath started his profession as a author, musician and producer—co-writing and producing songs for such artists as Chaka Khan, Rahsaan Patterson, Gladys Knight, Dionne Farris, Guy Sebastian, Andy Grammer, Idina Menzel, Richard Marx, Taye Diggs, Tamia, Tevin Campbell, Shanice, D.J. Rogers, Az Yet, Yasmeen, Jody Watley, Ray J and Changing Faces. He is a Grammy Award winner acknowledged for his work with icon Gladys Knight and acquired further Grammy nominations for his efforts on the manufacturing facet. He labored carefully with Randy Jackson on a number of initiatives by way of his report label OPOPP Entertainment, for Universal Records, and can be recognized for his work as a movie and TV composer.
“Jamey is a uncommon expertise and somebody who leads by instance leaving each state of affairs higher than he discovered it,” mentioned studio co-founders Steve Sarowitz and Justin Baldoni. “His life journey to this point exhibits his resilience, compassion, and fortitude and through his time serving as COO it turned simple that his heart-centered management made him the right candidate to be President of Wayfarer Studios. His spirit, drive, and ample sense of pleasure are the wings we have to soar. He’s held in excessive esteem by our group and we’re so proud to have him assist information us ahead.”
“I’m actually humbled by the arrogance and assist Justin and Steve have proven me over time,” added Heath. “As somebody who has spent a life-time within the leisure business, witnessing the successes and failures of so many giants, I’ve realized that probably the most significant impression we will have in our work, is the sharing of our triumphs and tribulations and by dwelling with unwavering dedication to the development of humanity. This is how we actually win. Along with Justin and Steve, I’m dedicated to Wayfarer which is designed to create significant leisure and artwork that can make an actual distinction. Looking ahead, I’m excited to showcase the exceptional initiatives we’re growing to additional highlight subjects, individuals and tales which have, for therefore lengthy, been held on the sidelines.”
Wayfarer Studios produced the 2020 Disney+ unique movie Clouds directed by Baldoni, which was the worldwide platform’s first-ever narrative acquisition. That similar yr, the corporate launched The Six Feet Apart Experiment, a movie competitors aimed to empower first-time function filmmakers to create socially impactful movies throughout the pandemic, which supplied the mentorship, financing and distribution wanted to convey their movies to life. In 2021, Wayfarer entered a first-look take care of Procter & Gamble spanning movie, TV and new media, and launched the Webby-nominated podcast, The Man Enough Podcast, as the primary undertaking below the multi-faceted partnership. Beyond his duties in his position as president, Heath will proceed to co-host the podcast with Baldoni and masculinity professional Liz Plank. Wayfarer Studios broadcasts each the video sequence and audio podcast in partnership with Cadence13.
Projects within the works at Wayfarer embody the body-positive, coming-of-age dramedy Empire Waist, and the true soccer comeback story The Senior with Michael Chiklis.