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.

Big Beach TV develops and produces programming for worldwide audiences.

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

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 3 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. Before joining the team at Big Beach, he 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).

At Big Beach, his credits include work on Loving, Me Him Her, and 3 Generations. Currently, he’s an Associate Producer on Puzzle, directed by Marc Turtletaub and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, and an Executive Producer on the animated film White Fang, directed by Oscar-winning director Alexandre Espigares. Both films premiere at Sundance 2018. Joshua looks forward to every day at Big Beach, so that he can add more exciting things to his bio.

Josie Callahan

Josie joins Big Beach as Peter’s Assistant going into the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. While pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting and Producing, Josie spent her last semester interning at Big Beach and falling head over heels for the indie content at the heart of the company. Following graduation in 2015, she said goodbye to Big Beach with the hope of returning one day, and worked at APA in the literary department, assisting book to film agent, Lucy Stille. She spent 2016 as the personal and executive assistant to an A-list actress, and traveled the world working on the set of 3 major motion pictures. At last, back to Big Beach, Josie feels a sense of coming home and could not be more excited to work on a creative and logistical level with the amazing team to make movies that tell diverse stories about the human experience straight from the heart. She lives in Williamsburg where she can be seen frequenting hot yoga studios and prowling around book stores. She has a sincere yet slightly ridiculous love for cats and inserts feline puns into con-fur-sation whenever paw-sible.