Danny Gabai Promoted to Head of Vice Studios
Danny Gabai, who has been acting as Executive Creative Director of VICE Studios from its inception, has been elevated to Head of Vice Studios U.S., EVP overseeing the burgeoning production arm of VICE Media. It was announced today by VICE CEO Nancy Dubuc.
"Danny and his team built VICE Studios by rejecting the status quo and championing purveyors of the weird and unexpected," offered Dubuc. "Hit films like Chris Smith's Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Jim & Andy, along with Harmony Korine's much anticipated new project, The Beach Bum showcase Danny's knack for finding the edge of culture. With his leadership, VICE is a place where storytellers can take their unconventional ideas and make them a reality."
"It's been a tremendous experience watching VICE Studios grow up from its beginnings as a skunkworks experiment," stated Gabai. " We have a team of creatives all over the world, working with some of the best filmmakers in the industry to bring the cutting edge VICE voice to life. It's an honor to lead this team."
In the next three months alone, VICE STUDIOS will unveil seven major films.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened on Netflix Jan 18
Directed by Chris Smith
The Report at Sundance
Directed by Scott Z. Burns and Oscar™ winning producer Steven Soderbergh starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm
Judy & Punch at Sundance
The debut film from Australian writer-director Mirrah Foulkes, starring Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman
The Mountain at Sundance
Directed by Rick Alverson's starring Jeff Goldblum and Tye Sheridan
Lords Of Chaos, wide release on February 8th
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, starring Rory Culkin and Emory Cohen will be released by Gunpowder & Sky
Climax, wide release in March 1
Directed by Gaspar Noe, starring Sofia Boutella will be released via A24
The Beach Bum premieres at SXSW March 9th, in theaters March 22nd
Directed by Harmony Korine, starring Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fischer, Snoop Dog and Zac Efron will be released in partnership with Neon Films
Based in VICE's Venice, CA office, Gabai will directly oversee the U.S. Studios team led by Head of Film, Natalie Farrey (Judy & Punch, Her, Where The Wild Things Are) and Head of Scripted Television, Gina Marcheschi who joined the team in the spring of 2018, after serving as EVP at StudioCanal TV and Conde Nast Entertainment. Head of Business Affairs, John Kulback joined the team in late 2017. Prior to that Kulback served as Vice's outside counsel at Loeb & Loeb LLP and was a film production and distribution attorney at 20th Century Fox. Helen Grimwood, formerly of PwC's Entertainment and Media practice, rounds out the team as Chief Financial Officer.
In addition, Gabai will synergize and coordinate efforts for VICE Studios' international production entities across Canada (led by Vanessa Case and Naveen Prasad), Latin America (run by Andres Reymondes), EMEA (under VICE UK's CJ Fahey) and APAC (under Hosi Simon). Gina Marcheschi works across all territories providing oversight on international scripted television projects. John Kulback oversees the business affairs of all the global studios teams.
Under Gabai's leadership the U.S. arm of VICE Studios has produced multiple feature films, documentaries and TV series, including Chris Smith's Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary Jim And Andy: The Great Beyond; Gaspar Noe's Climax, winner of the Director's Fortnight competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; and Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
Prior to VICE, Gabai spent 10 years as a Motion Picture Agent at WME Entertainment and the William Morris Agency.
Gabai is based in Los Angeles and reports to Dubuc.