Derek Kolstad and Dmitri Johnson Launch Media Company’s Story Kitchen – Deadline
John Wick writer-creator Derek Kolstad, sonic the hedgehog Producer Dmitri M. Johnson and former APA partner Mike Goldberg have joined forces to form Story Kitchen, a media company that will focus on creating and amplifying “world-building action” and “non-traditional intellectual property”.
“After spending the past few years working together and admiring each other’s chops, energy, taste and storytelling ideas, we have collectively come to the same conclusion: that the only way to double down on franchise prep and of the most incredible worlds possible was to unite us into one,” Kolstad, Johnson and Goldberg said in a statement.
Dan Jevons, Tim Stevenson and Howard Bliss, formerly of dj2, will join the new company in leadership roles.
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Best known as one of the architects of the John Wick franchise, Kolstad is in post-production for his fourth film as well as The Continental, a prequel limited series for Peacock. Outside of “Wick Universe”, and after co-EP’s Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Disney+, Kolstad turned to Ubisoft Burst cell adaptation for Netflix – which has secured a two-season order and is currently in production – as well as a sequel to Universal Pictures’ theatrical release in 2021 Nobodywith Bob Odenkirk, which is accelerated for 2023.
Johnson founded dj2 Entertainment, a production company specializing in adapting video game intellectual property for television and film. He has a first look at Amazon Studios, a second look at Legendary Television, and plenty of projects around town. Johnson’s credits include co-producing Paramount Pictures’ Tentpole sonic the hedgehog movies and news grave robber anime series on Netflix. Next up for Johnson is actor Sterling K. Brown Blue Coyote for Amazon, the film adaptation of Hazelight’s hit game franchise It takes two for Amazon with Dwayne Johnson starring and co-producing.
While at APA, Goldberg led the charge of combining the agency’s television, film, and intellectual property units into APA Scripted Literary, which earned him promotion to Partner in 2019. Goldberg is the agent for Kolstad and Johnson for over a decade, in addition to representing over 100 other intellectual property writers and creators, including John Carpenter, Atari, Sega, Square Enix, Macmillan, Andrews McMeel Publishing and the New York Yankees ( which Goldberg just sold a yet-to-be-announced scripted series to Apple).
Story Kitchen will be replaced by APA, and Goldberg customers are expected to remain with APA.
“Derek and Dmitri along with Mike defined how to create, popularize and expand the modern franchise across multiple platforms,” APA President Jim Osborne and Chief Content Officer Kyle Loftus said in a statement. “Their best is yet to come, so naturally we’re thrilled to represent Story Kitchen and help them on their journey, which we know will be historic.”
Story Kitchen is also represented by Simon Pulman & Briana Hall at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard and Jennifer Levy at Behr Abramson Levy Johnson.