About Big Beach

Founded in 2004 by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf, Big Beach is a New York-based company that produces, finances and distributes independent films, television and theater productions. With an eye toward intelligent, character-driven, humanistic material, the company’s overall mission is to showcase films that inspire, engage and entertain.

Big Beach TV develops and produces programming for worldwide audiences.

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Submissions and Internship Policy

Big Beach does not accept unsolicited submissions.

For internships at Big Beach, please email internship@bigbeach.com

The Team

Marc Turtletaub

Marc Turtletaub has been a producer for fourteen years through two production companies. In 2004, he co-founded Big Beach with Peter Saraf and has served as a producer on all of the company’s films including the Academy Award-winning Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Turtletaub’s other credits with Big Beach include the documentary Lucky, directed by Jeffrey Blitz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning, John Crowley’s Is Anybody There, Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop, and Liev Schrieber’s Everything is Illuminated. Big Beach’s most recent releases are Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot Brother, Collin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer, and Jeff Nichols’ Loving. Prior to founding Big Beach, Turtletaub created Deep River Productions in 2000 with David Friendly.

Peter Saraf

Peter Saraf co-founded Big Beach with Marc Turtletaub in 2004. Peter Saraf’s producing credits include Loving, 3 Generations, Me Him HerThe Kings of Summer, Safety Not Guaranteed, Our Idiot Brother, Jack Goes Boating, Sunshine Cleaning, Away We Go, Is Anybody There?, Little Miss Sunshine, Everything Is Illuminated, The Truth About Charlie, Adaptation, Ulee’s Gold and the feature documentaries Mandela and The Agronomist. He has been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards and has won multiple awards including the Spirit, Gotham, and PGA Awards.  Peter is a VP of the PGA.

Mike Phillips

Having qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant in London, Mike started working in the UK Film and TV industry with producers for Channel 4.

After moving to New York, Mike has had stints working in the freelance arena in accounting and physical production, as well as a 3-year position as VP Physical Production and Finance at Walden Media. Having administered the incentive compliance for Walden, NBC/Universal and Focus Features, Mike has built up specialist knowledge of pertinent film treaties including the EU Convention.

Joining Big Beach in 2007 as Head of Physical Production/Finance, Mike handles all obvious matters within that remit as well as corporate reporting, treasury, intellectual property management, participations and residuals, financial modeling, labor relations, risk management, as well as all domestic and foreign tax incentive filings and compliance.

Mike works with the teams at all group companies, as projects move from development into production, and subsequent exploitation.

Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz oversees Big Beach’s newly formed Television division from the company’s Los Angeles office. From the story of two sisters coming home to the deeply rooted, yet rapidly changing, neighborhood of Boyle Heights, to the much-contended tropical landscape of Hawaii’s sovereignty movement, Big Beach TV is bringing the company’s unique brand of humanistic storytelling to television. Robin started her career at NBC in the era of Must-See TV, where she was a part of the team that developed Will and Grace and E.R. She left NBC to write television, staffing on shows and developing both comedy and drama in a quest to better understand the anatomy of making a television show. She returned to development as President of Regency Television, a boutique studio, where she produced innovative programming such as Malcolm in the MiddleBernie MacWonderfalls and Thief. After Regency, Robin oversaw the staff and operations of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network as its founding President (and yes, she once hiked with Oprah). In her off time, Robin works with the Alliance of Children’s Rights, Girls Inc, and sits on the board of the HRTS. Robin lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter and Lego-eating puppy Beatrix.

Leah Holzer

Leah, better known as Storm among her colleagues, is Head Of Creative at Big Beach in NY.  She most recently Executive Produced Max Landis’ directorial debut, Me Him Her, a documentary about comedian Tig Notaro, and 3 Generations starring Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning.  Before joining Big Beach, Holzer was Vice President, Production at The Weinstein Company where she helped oversee Post-production for My Week With Marilyn.  Prior to that, she was a creative executive at New Line Cinema, where she was responsible for developing and scouting literary properties.  A native New Yorker, Holzer attended New York University and got her start in the film industry as production coordinator on the independent feature Particles of Truth.  Leah enjoys long walks on the subway, fireplaces and eating ramen noodles.

Dani Melia

After several years working out of Big Beach’s New York office, Dani moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to open the company’s West Coast outpost.  She recently returned from China where she produced Lulu Wang’s The Farewell starring Awkwafina, currently in postproduction. Upcoming projects include Abby/Ann starring and to be directed by Natalie Portman.

Dani produced the one-hour documentary Fatherless with Baron Vaughn for Fusion TV and executive produced Gaby Dellal’s 3 Generations, starring Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning. Other projects with Big Beach include Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer and Max Landis’ Me Him Her.

Dani started at Big Beach as an assistant to the producers on films including Away We Go (dir. Sam Mendes)Jack Goes Boating (dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman), Our Idiot Brother (dir. Jesse Peretz), Sunshine Cleaning (dir. Christine Jeffs), Is Anybody There (dir. John Crowley) and Jeffrey Blitz’s documentary, Lucky.

Molly Breeskin

Molly Breeskin was born and raised in Colorado but lived in New Orleans and Buenos Aires before moving to New York in 2010. She has been at Big Beach since 2011, when she started on the film side as Peter Saraf’s assistant. She has worked on a number of Big Beach’s films, including Our Idiot Brother, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Kings of Summer and Me Him Her. While interning for Artists Public Domain prior to landing at Big Beach, she assisted on the film Another Earth, winner of the 2011 Sundance Special Jury Prize. In July 2014, Molly joined in the formation of Big Beach TV as its Creative Executive.

Joshua Cohen

Joshua recently worked as an Associate Producer on Puzzle, directed by Marc Turtletaub and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, and as an Executive Producer on the animated film White Fang, directed by Oscar-winning director Alexandre Espigares. Other credits at Big Beach include Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Me Him Her, and 3 Generations.

Before joining Big Beach, Joshua received graduated from Columbia University’s prestigious MFA Creative Producing program, and found early success producing short films and digital content, including the Student Academy Award nominated Day 39.  He’s almost as proud of that as he is of his one-eyed rescue pug, Odin (instagram: @odin_pug).

Joshua looks forward to every day at Big Beach, so that he can add more exciting things to his bio.

Tim Foley

Tim Foley began his career at Big Beach as an intern on the set of Little Miss Sunshine. Later, he was a cofounder of Big Beach’s sister company, Beachside Films, where he was a part of the Emmy-winning team behind the documentary Medora. Tim was a professional musician who crisscrossed America on several tours. He most appreciated the opportunity to meet folks from a wide variety of backgrounds and to engage in conversations about values, interests, and tastes – other than those he encountered growing up. Tim recently rejoined Big Beach in its new television division as one of its Creative Executives. He is thrilled to be a part of the TV division, which is committed to telling entertaining stories with meaning, and looks forward to participating in the growth of Big Beach TV.

Simone Harris

Simone Harris joins Big Beach TV as the assistant to Robin Schwartz. Simone began her career in television as an NBCUniversal Page in New York, after putting her degree in Finance and French to use as a Financial Analyst at a French beauty company. Simone moved to LA to assist the General Manager of E! News and is beyond excited to enter the world of scripted television as part of the Big Beach TV team. She is thrilled to call the west coast home as California has been calling her name since she first saw Ryan Atwood step into the Cohen household on The OC. She loves spending time at the beach and wishes she had a dog. Simone looks forward to cultivating her taste in scripted fare and helping BBTV continue to grow and bring impactful stories to life.

Emma Warren

Emma Warren grew up in Vancouver, Canada but lived in Montreal, QC and New Hampshire before landing in New York in late 2017. She started her career at Big Beach as an intern before moving into the realm of Operations in May 2018.

Emma got her degree in English Literature and grew up worshipping film and television. She fell in love with being on set when she appeared as an extra in a short directed by Roman Coppola that aired on SNL in 2013. Emma always dreamt of working in film and is beyond thrilled to be joining the Big Beach family.

Mary Ann Anane

Mary Ann Anane was born in Ghana, raised in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied film but wrote plays with lowercase titles. Writing plays took her to the dynamic doors of New York Theatre Workshop where she spent a season as their literary fellow, conducting dramaturgy and organizing their submissions of plays and readers. Mary Ann is happy to return back to film and Big Beach as Peter’s assistant, after interning the summer of 2016. She’s excited to attain the skill sets necessary to develop films and plays, and bridge the gap between Hollywood and Broadway. In her spare time, Mary Ann continues to write, reads too many articles on The Atlantic and plans trips to Amsterdam in her head.