With online video growing by leaps and bounds, production company Dolphin is partnering with mega-agency CAA to land high-profile directors at Web video companies like Yahoo, with the possibility of later releases on television or in theaters.
Action director John Woo is leading the pack. Woo’s project, Red Book, follows a man who trains as an assassin to hunt down the assassins who killed his father. An already-announced Yahoo show from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, called Cybergeddon, tracks a near-future scenario in which wars are fought digitally.
Bill O’Dowd, Dolphin’s president, said Cybergeddon in particular would definitely have a DVD release post-Yahoo, and that he’s “highly confident” it will show up on linear television after it’s finished with the digital window.
David Freeman, co-head of brand coverage at CAA, said that the firm was very happy with its relationship with Dolphin, especially the financials. “[They offer] good deals for our clients, meaningful backend splits,” he said. “They’re very willing to let our clients have control.”
It also allows CAA artists to pitch projects that might not make it out into the world otherwise. “Working with Dolphin really gives them the freedom to do some of the things they’ve had in the back of their minds for a long time,” Freeman added.