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.

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.

Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz is the head of the Television division at Big Beach, a leading independent film studio. Currently producing two series, Vida for Starz and Sorry For Your Loss for Facebook Watch, as well as limited series Gorilla and the Bird for HBO, 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 the Vice President of Programming at ABC Family, where she developed a franchise of romantic comedies that played a key role in rebranding the cable channel. Robin then served 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 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.

Alex Turtletaub

Alex is a Producer and head of Strategy & Planning at Big Beach. His film producing / EP credits include the Emmy award-winning documentary Medora (2013) as well as Tig (2015), People Places Things (2015), Louder Than Bombs (2015), Morris From America (2016), Miss Stevens (2016), Tramps (2016), The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Mr. Roosevelt (2017), Maine (2018), The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018), and 17 Blocks (2019).

Hailing from Sacramento, Alex graduated from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. He began his career as an Assistant Editor / Editor, working on such features as Coach and Safety Not Guaranteed. After shifting to production in 2012, he partnered with Michael B. Clark to found Beachside Films, the West Coast affiliate of Big Beach Films. Alex is currently based in Los Angeles and enjoys occasionally driving 5 mph over the speed limit on the Pacific Coast Highway. He also loves and is loved by animals.

Leah Holzer

Leah is Head Of Creative at Big Beach in NY. She most recently Produced Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper. Prior to that she developed and produced Gaby Dellal’s, Three Generations, starring Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning, as well as a Netflix Original documentary about comedian Tig Notaro. Other Big Beach films Leah helped shepherd include, Puzzle starring Kelly MacDonald and Irfan Khan, Jeff Nichol’s Loving starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton and Max Landis’s directorial debut, Me Him Her. Before joining Big Beach, Holzer was Vice President of Production at The Weinstein Company where she worked on films including My Week With Marilyn, Dirty Girl and W.E.  Prior to that, she was 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, building fires, the Konmari method and most of all — watching her two kids get along.

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.  Most recently she produced Lulu Wang’s The Farewell starring Awkwafina, being released by A24 in July. 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, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer.

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.

Michael B. Clark

Michael is a graduate of the Dept. of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and began his producing career at Big Beach in 2006. He most recently ran the company’s Beachside division along with Alex Turtletaub. His film producing / EP credits include Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Medora (2013), Tig (2015), People Places Things (2015), Louder Than Bombs(2015), Morris From America (2016), Miss Stevens (2016), Tramps (2016), The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Mr. Roosevelt (2017), Maine (2018), The Miseducation of Cameron Post(2018) and 17 Blocks (2019). On the episodic side, Michael executive produced Strangers, the first scripted series to be launched by Facebook, in 2017. He is most fortunate to be the father of two magical children, Arlo and Billie, who reside in Vermont.

Josh Cohen

Josh recently worked as a co-producer and post production supervisor on Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. Other recent work at Big Beach include various producing credits on Puzzle, directed by Marc Turtletaub and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, and the animated film White Fang, directed by Oscar-winning director Alexandre Espigares. Past credits include work on Jeff Nichols’ Loving, and 3 Generations.

Before joining Big Beach, Josh 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).

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

Molly Breeskin

Molly Breeskin currently works as a Development and Production Executive in the Television department at Big Beach Los Angeles. She got her start in film as an assistant to director Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Butter on the Latch), and then interned on Mike Cahill’s Another Earth and Azazel Jacobs’ Terri. After her first visit to Sundance, where she got a crash course in the business side of independent film, Molly joined Big Beach Films as assistant to co-founder Peter Saraf. Moving quickly into a development role at the company, she worked on many films, including Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot Brother, Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Max Landis’ Me Him Her and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer. Since being tapped to help form Big Beach’s television arm in 2014, Molly has sold projects to HBO, Showtime, Starz, FX, Hulu, Facebook, and AMC and has produced scripted and unscripted projects for Facebook, Starz, Comedy Central, ABC Digital, Seeso, and Fusion. She recently wrapped season 2 of the groundbreaking show Vida for Starz, for which she helped assemble the first entirely Latinx writers room in premium cable. She also recently produced Facebook Watch’s critically acclaimed Sorry For Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen. A native of Colorado, she worked at a Denver-based civil rights law firm for two years before entering the film industry and, prior to that, spent a year and a half living in Buenos Aires, where she studied film, worked, taught, and wrote television projects and plays of her own.

Kyle Laursen

Colorado native, Kyle moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at UCLA where he produced several award-winning short films as well as a micro-budget feature film entitled Acting Like Adults. Upon graduation, Kyle got his start in the film industry working as an assistant at Plan B Entertainment where he then began working in development as a Creative Executive. While at Plan B, Kyle produced the pilot Monsters of God for TNT and worked on several other shows including Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s THE OA (Netflix), Sweetbitter (Starz) and Deadbeat (Hulu). Kyle joined Big Beach TV in the Fall of 2018 and looks to continue building an already impressive slate. He spends his free time reading comics/graphic novels, comparing breakfast burritos across Los Angeles and walking on the beach with his wife as their dog digs endless holes in the sand.

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.

Monique Jones

Monique Jones is the Chief Financial Officer for Big Beach.  She oversees all aspects of the company’s finance and accounting operations including production finance, distributor collections and participant reporting.  Monique has held senior finance positions with Entertainment One, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television International, and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Georgetown University and obtained her MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.  She lives in Los Angeles with her family. In her free time, Monique is a Girl Scout troop leader and a big fan of K-Pop.

Sandeep Motwani

Sandeep Motwani is the Head of Business Affairs for Big Beach.  He began his career as a litigator before switching to the entertainment industry where he has worked for over 10 years at companies such as FX Networks, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Warner Bros. Television.  At these companies he oversaw business and legal matters for critically-acclaimed programming such as Sons of AnarchyThe Americans, Our America with Lisa Ling, The Big Bang Theory and The Closer.  Sandeep is a dedicated reader of The New Yorker, an avid baseball fan (Go Yankees!) and is a certified SCUBA diver who, along with his wife, Tracy, and a large group of friends, travel to dive in destinations like Bonaire, Roatan and the Galapagos.

Simone Harris

Simone Harris works with Big Beach TV as the assistant to Robin Schwartz and has worked on two critically lauded shows, Vida and Sorry For Your Loss. She is excited to work on upcoming Big Beach content for HBO, Hulu, Showtime and FX among others. Simone began her career in television as an NBCUniversal Page in New York and moved to LA to assist the General Manager of E! News. 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.  Simone looks forward to cultivating her taste in scripted fare while contributing to BBTV’s continued growth and bringing impactful stories to life.

Tom Ishizuka

Tom Ishizuka is currently the assistant to Peter Saraf at the Big Beach NY office. Upon graduating from New York University with a degree in Economics and Film, Tom got his start in the industry at Scott Rudin Productions – first as Scott’s assistant, and later serving as the Associate Producer for the film, Eighth Grade, and the 2018 Broadway shows, Three Tall Women, Carousel, and The Iceman Cometh. He looks forward to continuing working on film, TV, and theatre at Big Beach that push the narrative of great storytelling and promote diversity and representation.

Born in Japan and growing up on both coasts of the U.S., Tom never knows quite how to answer the question, “where are you from?” On his off days, he enjoys long road trips, bebop jazz, and rooting for the Brooklyn Nets.

Emma Warren

Emma Warren grew up in Vancouver, Canada but lived in Montreal, QC 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 and has since worked on Lulu Wang’s The Farewell which premiered at Sundance 2019 and Marielle Heller’s It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper. In May 2019, Emma additionally began to serve as Leah Holzer’s assistant. Emma fell in love with being on set when she appeared as an extra in a musical short featuring Arcade Fire directed by Roman Coppola that aired on SNL in 2013.

Hannah Pajo-Bickley

Hannah Pajo-Bickley is the assistant to Alex Turtletaub at the Big Beach LA office. An Ohio native, she moved to southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts and Screenwriting. After a couple of years teaching high school English and selling high-end yoga pants, Hannah got her start in the film industry interning at a casting agency and independent production companies. She first joined Big Beach as an intern for the Beachside division before moving into the assistant role. On days off, you can find her and her husband trying out new restaurants and recipes and staring at adorable dogs. Hannah also loves to travel, write, read, do yoga, and is learning to speak Italian to make her bisnonna proud.