We make movies.

 

Required Reading is a production company committed to excellent story-telling, smart financing, and facilitating a vibrant collaborative community of like-minded filmmakers.


 
 
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Adam sjoberg

Adam has traveled to more than 60 countries tellings telling stories in places like Yemen, Uganda, rural China, and the streets of Colombia. He has worked with Bono and Project (RED) in subsaharan Africa (ask him about his 31st birthday), produced a massive 1000-person installation/listening party with Kanye West in Madison Square Garden, traveled to India and Guatemala with Warby Parker, co-produced a feature documentary with legendary rapper Nas about breaking and hip-hop in the slums around the world, (“Shake the Dust”) and directed and produced the documentary breakout “I Am Sun Mu” about a North Korean dissident artist. He is currently producing a feature film about American Samoa with NFL great Troy Polamalu, as well as producing Spotify’s first feature film.

Adam craves authenticity and human connection, and is committed to handing the microphone over to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to be heard.

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seanne winslow

Seanne Winslow is a writer and director who made her mark in Hollywood as a sought after creative producer.  She oversaw the Sherlock Holmes franchise with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law for Lin Pictures, was the creative onset producer of The Lego Movie starring Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, and co-founded an underground community with producer Dan Lin for A-List writers and directors to wrestle with the question, “How do we tell better stories?” (Fight Club rules so don’t ask for more info).

As a writer and director she’s not afraid to tell stories that grapple with dark issues while infusing her trademark sense of magic and wonder.  Her current project “Ilona” is a semi-autobiographical story (Seanne did grow up in a castle in Germany after all) about a girl who ventures from her life in LA back to her home in a tiny German hamlet to help her mother deal with her personal demons as well as the ancient spirit-king that lives in the woods.

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david jacobson

With a background as an independent producer and creative executive, David has worked with top Studios, production companies, and filmmakers on big-budget blockbusters including The Amazing Spider-Man and leading independent films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler. David began at Sony Pictures-based Laura Ziskin Productions, where he came up under prolific producer Laura Ziskin. After Ziskin’s death in 2011, and when all remaining studios and film funds balked at supporting an historical epic, period drama, featuring predominantly African-American leads, David helped take The Butler out of the studio-system and build out a model that was previously deemed impossible for the marketplace. David and his team raised over $30-million in six months and delivered a bold and timely movie that would both go on to sell in a competitive distribution auction and gross over $175-Million worldwide. The film’s success helped pave the way for similarly underrepresented stories to make it in the mainstream, like Selma, 12 Years a Slave, and Hidden Figures. David has since developed or produced projects at ABC, NBC, Paramount, Sony, and Netflix.