Project X is a global entertainment company that takes a creative-driven approach to discovering, producing, and financing original stories for all mediums.
Making smart content commercial, and commercial content smart.
Under the leadership of industry veterans James Vanderbilt, William Sherak, and Paul Neinstein, we've built a home where world class artists are supported both creatively and financially to make smart entertainment that appeals to mainstream audiences on all platforms.
Finding stories that need to be told.
We measure our success by the success of the people around us. We are focused on connecting good people, and facilitating opportunities to create great work.
Giving creators the freedom to create.
We tell authentic stories no matter the genre or platform. Storytelling is at the core of everything we do, and we believe in giving creatives the freedom to take their vision to the finish line. Our collaborative mindset makes for better, more entertaining, content.
James Vanderbilt is a celebrated writer, director, and producer whose diverse catalogue of films ranges from heavy-hitting blockbusters to edge of your seat thrillers. He has written and produced numerous films, including David Fincher's Zodiac, for which he was nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Roland Emmerich's White House Down, for which he was not. His writing credits also include The Amazing Spider-Man films, Basic, The Rundown, The Losers, and Netflix's most-watched feature-length motion picture Murder Mystery, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, which he also produced.
James has been making stuff up for a living ever since he graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. Vanderbilt sold his first screenplay 48 hours before graduating. It was promptly not made. His directorial debut, Truth, which starred Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, was the Opening Night Film at the Rome Film Festival and was named one of the Top 10 Films of 2015 by The New York Times.
In addition, his producing credits include the critically acclaimed Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino, the hit film The House With a Clock In Its Walls, directed by Eli Roth, and Fox Searchlight's horror thriller Ready or Not, directed by Radio Silence, as well as the groundbreaking Netflix science fiction series Altered Carbon.
He lives in Malibu, California, with his wife, children, and dogs.
William Sherak has had somewhat of a dual career path as an executive as part of the senior management team of Deluxe Entertainment as well as an active producing partner in Mythology Entertainment. During his time as President, Deluxe Post-Production, William ran Stereo D, the 2D to 3D conversion company he co-founded in 2009, as well as Deluxe Animation; global color-grading and post house EFILM; the Deluxe operations in Toronto, Spain, and India; as well as the award-winning UK creative agency Editpool. During his time at Mythology, he produced "Ready or Not," Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett as well as Suspiria, The House with a Clock in its Walls and Slender Man.
Sherak began his career at Davis Entertainment quickly rising to Director of Development. Thereafter he cofounded production company Blue Star Entertainment producing such features as Little Black Book, Darkness Falls, and Daddy Day Camp as well as the FX series Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen and produced Are We There Yet? starring Terry Crews and Ice Cube, both of which received 100-episode orders. He also produced the features, I Hate Valentine's Day, and Bangkok Dangerous, Role Models, and Middle Men.
Later, he co-founded Studio D which was aquired by Deluxe in 2011, where William quickly established Stereo D as the industry leader in high-quality conversion and augmentation visual effects. They worked on such films as Avatar, Thor, Titanic in 3D, The Avengers, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Jurassic Park 3D, Pacific Rim, and more recently, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dr. Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Black Panther, and Ready Player One, among many others.
He then guided the visual effects company from a mere 15 employees to an international staff of more than 2,000. Stereo D was one of the ten entertainment/media firms named on Fast Company magazine's list of Most Innovative Companies of 2013, and in 2014 was nominated by London's Financial Times for their prestigious Boldness in Business Award. In 2017, Sherak announced the formation of Deluxe Animation Studios (DAS), a production services provider for the creation of animated content for feature films and television, as a sister company to Stereo D. With facilities in Burbank, Toronto and India.
William is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, YPOLA, the Producers Guild of America, the Advanced Imaging Society, and is a member of the Fulfillment Fund Leadership Council.
Paul touts an impressive finance and operations background prior to Project X. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of RatPac Entertainment. There, he oversaw all corporate, business, legal, financial and day-to-day operations of the company, including the repurchase by Warner Bros. of a 75-picture library in which RatPac invested in excess of $1.2b in production funding. Paul also acquired and set for distribution a number of documentaries, including the award winning Holocaust documentary Night Will Fall for HBO, the climate change documentary Before the Flood starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the Netflix docu-series Cocaine Cowboys: Los Muchachos.
Prior to RatPac, Paul was Executive Vice President in Charge of Business Affairs for Paramount Pictures where he structured, negotiated and administered slate financing, co-financing and distribution agreements as well as acquisition and major talent agreements for Paramount's live action, animated and micro-budget theatrical motion pictures.
Prior to Paramount, Paul was a partner in and oversaw all business and corporate operations of Spyglass Entertainment Group. Paul negotiated all distribution, acquisition and talent agreements and handled Spyglass' studio relationships including the company's non-exclusive first-look production and co-financing arrangement with Columbia Pictures as well as the company's ongoing co-financing partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks. Paul structured Spyglass' $250,000,000 revolving credit and production facility and developed programs to exploit the company's growing library and subsidiary, ancillary and new media rights. Prior to Spyglass, Paul worked as a theatrical business affairs attorney for DreamWorks SKG. Paul began his career as a transactional entertainment associate at Hill, Wynne, Troop and Meisinger.
Paul is a member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is Executive Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School and a Trustee of deToledo High School. Paul earned his JD from Loyola Law School, where he was a staff writer and business editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal, and his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA.
Mike has been a finance and operations executive in the Media and Entertainment business for over 24 years. He was Chief Financial Officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services from 1999-2012 during the period when the company transformed from a film lab operation to a global, multi-platform creative and digital distribution business.
As CFO he oversaw the negotiation of several re-financings of the company in excess of $600M of Senior and Subordinated long-term debt, as well as renegotiating various ABL working capital facilities and supporting loan facilities in overseas territories including Canada, the UK and Australia. He oversaw several major M&A transactions including those of EFILM, Ascent Media, Atlab Australia and Stereo D. From 2013, Mike took on a more operational role and most recently was the Chief Operating Officer of the Post-Production division of Deluxe which included its feature and episodic finishing, digital intermediate, TV VFX, 3D conversion and Animation businesses operating in four continents and employing more than 3,000 people.
Before Deluxe, Mike worked as a finance executive for the Rank Group in its theme park division for 3 years and before that was at KPMG for 6 years. He has an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Nicole joins Project X Entertainment with 10 years of industry experience and a passion for amplifying voices and stories that often go unheard. After getting her chops in the NBC Page Program in New York, working on iconic programs such as THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON, TODAY, and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Nicole would go on to work at A+E Networks & A+E Studios for five years before finally making the move out West in 2016.
Most recently prior to PXE, Nicole worked at SpringHill Entertainment where she was deeply involved with the development of scripted and unscripted content, which included bringing to life Netflix's SELF MADE: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF MADAM C.J. WALKER starring Octavia Spencer and the MLK Jr. History Channel Special RISE UP: THE MOVEMENT THAT CHANGED AMERICA.
A proud native of Washington D.C., Nicole is "First-Gen" American (her parents hail from the West African country of Benin) and is a proud alum of Fordham University.
Project X Entertainment Welcomes Nicole Tossou
Project X Entertainment, the independent production and financing company formed in late 2019 by William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and writer-director-producer Jamie Vanderbilt, announced today the appointment of Nicole Tossou as Executive Vice-President, Television for the company.
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