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‘Ascension’ Producer XTR Hires Former Spotify & Vice Exec Abazar Khayami As Head Of Studio

EXCLUSIVE: XTR, the non-fiction studio on the lend a hand of projects similar to Darren Aronofsky co-produced doc The Territory and Apple’s They Call Me Magic, is bolstering its C-suite.

The firm has hired Abazar Khayami as its Head of Studio, where he’ll form out its manufacturing companies and oversee the present and upcoming slate of feature documentaries including all sort, manufacturing and execution.

He joins from cell stay video procuring firm NTWRK, where he became Head of Explain and constructed and established the firm’s negate material approach, working with the likes of Billie Eilish and Juice WRLD. Earlier than that, he became an exec producer at Spotify, where he labored on its video negate material approach and form of its podcast division. He furthermore spent five years at Vice Media, where he produced at some level of Vice’s feature film studios and news departments, including projects with President Barack Obama, Spike Jonze, Jimmy Chin and Jonas Akerlund.

Khayami will furthermore oversee the creation of long-established negate material for Documentary , the studio’s global nonfiction streaming platform.

The hire comes as XTR doubles down on manufacturing and follows a Apt Documentary Oscar nomination the day gone by for its Ascension film from Jessica Kingdon.

XTR no longer too prolonged within the past premiered six documentaries at Sundance Film Competition including The Territory, which became picked up by Nat Geo and Free Chol Soo Lee, which became obtained by Mubi. The firm has produced and financed over 80 documentary functions and assortment since 2019.

“In my 15 years within the industry, I’ve by no manner viewed an even bigger 2d for nonfiction,” said Khayami. “XTR shares my imaginative and prescient for the next documentary industry, one which creates valid industry for filmmakers, both experienced and rising. XTR is on the forefront of the documentary revolution and I’m so aroused to form out manufacturing as Head of Studio.”

“We are extremely jubilant that Abazar has reach on to lead XTR’s manufacturing studio for the interval of a 2d of mammoth increase for the firm,” added Kathryn Everett, XTR Co-Founder and Head of Film. “We now dangle a shared imaginative and prescient that attracts on Abazar’s management and ride within the business and account worlds. With him on the helm, our manufacturing companies crew goes to be the particular within the industry.”

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