NEW REPUBLIC PICTURES is a leading production company and independent financier of feature films and television. Through partnerships with major studios and foreign sales companies, New Republic brings outstanding commercial motion pictures from distinguished filmmakers to theaters worldwide.
Founded by Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver, whose films have cumulatively grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and nominated for 13 Oscars, 14 Golden Globes and 23 BAFTA Awards, New Republic seeks to tell stories that entertain, inform and inspire audiences with intelligence, passion, and creativity.
Academy Award-nominee, Brian Oliver, is a veteran film executive and the founder of New Republic Pictures. Oliver established New Republic Pictures in 2017 as a production and finance company whose mandate is to nurture an environment that is friendly to filmmakers and focuses on producing thought-provoking commercial feature films. Brian Oliver began his career at Paramount Pictures before joining the William Morris Agency. Later, he served as the VP of production at Propaganda Films, overseeing and producing their feature film slate. In 2010, Oliver partnered with Louisiana and Texas investors to launch Cross Creek Pictures. Under his supervision as president, Crosscreek Pictures was a top tier production and finance company. Oliver’s first picture under the Crosscreek banner was Darren Aronofsky’s box office hit Black Swan, for which Oliver was awarded an Oscar Nomination for Best Picture after winning the Indie Spirit Award.
During his seven-year tenure at Cross Creek, Brian Oliver produced and financed pictures that cumulatively grossed over $1.2 billion at the box office and accounted for thirteen nominations and three wins at the Academy Awards, twenty three nominations and three wins at the BAFTA nominations, and six nominations at the Golden Globes. These include George Cloney’s The Ides of March, Ron Howard’s Rush, Liam Nesson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones, Johnny Depp’s Black Mass, Baltasar Kormákur and his all-star cast in Everest, and Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman in Black, which went on to become the most successful British horror film in history, grossing over $133 million worldwide. Most recently, Brian produced the WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, which earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won two Oscars for Film Editing and Sound Mixing. Brian’s recent projects include Universal’s American Made starring Tom Cruise, Sony’s Flatliners starring Ellen Page, and Dan Gilroy’s Roman Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree from Berkeley and a law degree from Whittier.
John Hilary Shepherd is a WGA Award-nominated writer for his work on the Emmy Award-winning Showtime television series Nurse Jackie, and wrote the adaptation of the novel Boneshaker by Cherie Priest for Hammer Films (The Woman in Black). He formerly served as VP of Development at Cross Creek Pictures, overseeing development on the company’s films Black Swan, Everest, The Ides of March, Rush, Hacksaw Ridge and others. John previously worked in development for Spelling Films, Polygram, and as a story analyst for the William Morris Agency. John has an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.
Angus Sutherland came to New Republic Pictures from MadRiver & IMR International, where he served as vice president of Production and Acquisition and oversaw the company's production slate. Prior to joining IMR, Sutherland was vice president of Lotus Entertainment, where he co-managed a variety of projects, which included Halle Berry's Kidnap, Tom Hanks's A Hologram for the King, and Stephen Knight's November Criminals. Sutherland got his start in entertainment as a production coordinator at Spitfire Pictures, where he worked on the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated, the Grammy Award winner Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, and the Emmy Award-winning Martin Scorsese feature George Harrison: Living In The Material World. Soon after, Sutherland was promoted to director of International and Domestic Distribution at Exclusive Media, Spitfire's parent company. There he worked in sales, marketing, and acquisitions on a number of critically acclaimed projects including The Ides of March, Rush, End of Watch and The Woman in Black. Raised in Paris, France, Sutherland graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middlebury College receiving two bachelors of arts in film theory and philosophy.
BJ Farmer began his career in production accounting for feature films such as you You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and The Stepfather, and the hit television series Heroes. BJ was then brought on to oversee the post-production and visual effects for the dazzling effects film, Bunraku. After completing the production, BJ joined Pixomondo L.A. where during his tenure as Head of Production he produced VFX for films including Fast and Furious 6, Beautiful Creatures, Journey 2: Mysterious Island, and the Academy Award-nominee Snow White and the Huntsman. In addition, he oversaw the development and production of six large-format pictures for clients such as Warner Brothers, Wanda Dalian Group, National Geographic, and HBO. Two of these were nominated for VES awards. BJ holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas.
Courtney Shepard is a Creative Executive at New Republic Pictures. She joins Oliver from Cross Creek Pictures where she worked for two years in Development, serving on such projects as Roman Israel, Esq., American Made, Hacksaw Ridge, and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Prior to that she spent three years at Creative Artists Agency in both the Motion Picture Literary and Marketing departments. In 2010, she was awarded the Emmy Fellowship for New Media developing an interactive website for the Archive of American Television. She also served at Illuminations Media creating documentaries on the arts and artists. Shepard began her career at Current TV in Music Programming. She studied at the University of the Arts London and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University with a BFA in Television and Critical Film Studies
Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures strikes first-look deal with Paramount
Producer-financier Brian Oliver is officially launching his New Republic Pictures in Cannes backed by a fund out of the US, Europe, India and the Middle East, and has struck a first-look co-financing and distribution deal with Paramount Pictures.
‘The Wild Geese’ To Fly Again With William Monahan Writing For New Republic Pictures, Filmula
New Republic Pictures and Filmula will co-finance an updated version of The Wild Geese, the 1978 cult favorite mission movie that starred Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Richard Harris as British mercenaries sent to Africa to restore a leader to power. William Monahan is set to write the script, based on the novel by Daniel Carney. New Republic’s Brian Oliver is producing with Filmula’s Johnny Lin, and Greg Shapiro and Patrick Milling Smith are also producing.
Medical Marijuana Heist Spec ‘Green Rush’ Lands At New Republic In Brian Oliver & Will Packer Team-Up
Brian Oliver, the Oscar-nominated producer of Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, is teaming with Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man producer Will Packer on Green Rush, a spec screenplay from Matt Tente that Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired in a mid-six-figure preemptive deal.
Brian Oliver to Produce WWII Spy Thriller 'German Woman'
Sister screenwriters Hedre and Farin Ven wrote the script for the New Republic Pictures title. Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has acquired the rights to produce and develop The German Woman, a psychological spy-thriller set in WWII Germany, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Johnny Lin & Brian Oliver Prep Horror Film ‘Sacrifice’, Paul Johansson Directing
Filmula Entertainment’s Johnny Lin and New Republic Pictures’ Brian Oliver, who recently teamed to produce and finance the sci-fi thriller Rise, have reunited to produce the psychological horror Sacrifice. The screenplay is by Robert Tinnell and with Paul Johansson ( One Tree Hill, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1) on board to direct.