About Big Beach

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

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, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer. 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 Me Him Her, The 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 currently the Chair of the Producers Guild of America East and 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 currently 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 the upcoming Three 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

A nine-year veteran of Big Beach, Dani moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to open the West Coast outpost.  She most recently worked on Jeff Nichols’ Loving starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga and executive produced Gaby Dellal’s Three Generations, starring Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning. Other recent projects include 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 GoJack Goes Boating and Our Idiot Brother. Dani’s other Big Beach credits include Sunshine Cleaning (dir. Christine Jeffs), Is Anybody There (dir. John Crowley) and Jeffrey Blitz’s documentary, Lucky.

Dani attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and got her start in the entertainment industry as a production associate on Comedy Central Presents. She was born and raised in New York City.

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 is an MFA graduate of the creative producing program at Columbia University. He has written and produced dozens of short films, and was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his work producing the short film Day 39. He’s almost as proud of that as he is of his one-eyed rescue pug, Odin (@odin_pug on instagram). At Big Beach, his credits include work on LOVING, ME HIM HER, THREE GENERATIONS, and the upcoming PUZZLE. Joshua looks forward to every day at Big Beach, so that he can add more exciting things to his bio.

Zach Vargas Sullivan

Zach Vargas-Sullivan started at Big Beach as Peter Saraf’s assistant. Since then, his position has expanded quite a bit, and he now plays an integral role in creative development, production, post-production, servicing delivery, festival management and business affairs for the company. His most recent Big Beach credits include THREE GENERATIONS, starring Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning, and Jeff Nichols’ LOVING, which is being distributed by Focus Features. Zach got his start in the business at ICM Partners and WME Entertainment. He is a born and raised southerner, hailing from North Carolina and enjoys barbeque, fried food, and pretty much all things Brooklyn – but mainly the big sidewalks and bier gardens. He holds a degree in History from Columbia University.

Corina Maritescu

Corina Maritescu works in development at Big Beach Television. A first generation Romanian-American, she grew up in Bucharest on a steady diet of escapism through American-produced television, including Friends, Ally McBeal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Corina moved to the U.S. at the age of 17 with her mom and sister, went to N.Y.U. for her undergrad, and worked as a journalist in New York City for a couple of years during the 2010 recession, before deciding real life wasn’t for her and returning to fiction. She got her M.F.A at U.S.C.’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she focused on writing, directing and producing for indie film and television, eventually producing Looking at the Stars, a feature-length documentary about the world’s only ballet school for the blind, which is currently on the festival circuit. Her passion for television and her experience with indie film led her to Big Beach, the perfect meeting of the two things she loves. When she’s not at her “day job,” Corina can be found writing in one of the two L.A. coffee shops that haven’t yet been completely overrun with screenwriters (but don’t ask her which ones, she’ll take that secret to the grave).