Zurich Avenue Casts ‘Dreamin’ Wild’ With Casey Affleck – Deadline

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EXCLUSIVE: Karl Spoerri, Viviana Vezzani and Tobias Gutzwiller officially launch the production label Zurich Avenue, which will sit under the banner of their financial company SPG3.

Based in Zurich and Los Angeles, the production-specific label will focus on film and television and currently has ten projects in English and German in various stages of production.

Among the slate is Bill Pohlad’s Venice Film Festival title dreaming wildwhich stars Casey Affleck, Zooey Deschanel, Walton Goggins, Chris Messina, Noah Jupe, Jack Dylan Grazer and Beau Bridges, and tells the true story of musicians Donnie and Joe Emerson.

Pic was produced in partnership with River Road Entertainment and Innisfree Pictures while SPG3 co-financed with River Road. Kim Roth, Bill Pohlad, Jim Burke, Karl Spoerri and Viviana Vezzani served as producers.

Currently in production are The best days and Nyad. Coky Giederoic directs the first, the big-screen adaptation of the British musical The group, inspired by the British pop group Take That. Aisling Bea stars in the film, which is produced in partnership with Elysian Films Group’s Danny Perkins, Kate Solomon and Jane Hooks and co-financed by SPG3. The film was shot in London and Athens earlier this year and is set for release in 2023.

Zurich Avenue also co-developed the biopic Nyad in association with producers Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures and Andrew Lazar. The film about marathon swimmer Diana Nyad is directed by Free Solo duo Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and stars Annette Bening and Jodie Foster. Pic is currently in post-production and will launch on Netflix.

“As we further diversify and grow the Zurich Avenue slate, we remain focused on identifying unique content from our home territories and building long-term partnerships with like-minded filmmakers and producers. ideas from both sides of the pond” the Avenue de Zurich partners said today.

They added, “We collaborate on projects from scratch, give them the green light for development, and we have the finance company behind us to be a one-stop shop. At the same time, being very open to developing and producing with outside partners and financiers such as streamers or studios.

SPG3 was launched in 2020 by Spoerri with Urs Wietlisbach and Alfred Gantner, founders of the private equity firm Partners Group, and the financing vehicle is managed by Spoerri (CEO), Vezzani (COO) and Gutzwiller (CFO).

Previously, Spoerri co-founded the Zurich Film Festival and, together with Vezzani, transformed it into a dynamic stage for Hollywood and art house films. After selling the festival to NZZ Media AG in 2016, Spoerri and Vezzani both stepped down from their roles in 2019.

The duo later served as executive producers on Roland Emmerich Moon fall. Spoerri also served as executive producer on David Cronenberg A dangerous method (2011), Julian Schnabel’s At the door of eternity (2018), by David Lowery The old man and the gun (2018), and Harmony Korine’s The tramp on the beach (2018).

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