EXCLUSIVE: Negeen Yazdi, Senior Vice President, Film Development & Production at Fifth Season, is departing the company. The well-liked veteran exec has been with Fifth Season (formerly known as Endeavor Content) for the past six years, helping to build its film slate and managing the film development team alongside Dan Guando. Deadline understands that her departure is amicable and that she will remain attached to select projects in an executive producer capacity. It is also understood this is unrelated to the recent staff cuts at Fifth Season, which were spurred on as a result of the impact of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Yazdi, who is known for her taste and filmmaker relationships, championed such Fifth Season pictures as John Carney’s Flora and Son, and the Academy Award-nominated The Lost Daughter from Maggie Gyllenhaal. Across her tenure, she helped helped build a robust pipeline of projects which led to the film division’s slate of more than 30 features also including William Oldroyd’s Eileen, Michael Bay’s Ambulance, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda-starrer 80 For Brady and the Book Club franchise.
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Prior to joining Fifth Season, Yazdi served as President of International Production and Acquisitions at The Weinstein Company, where she oversaw such films as Oscar winner The Imitation Game, Oscar nominees Lion and Philomena and Helen Mirren-starrer Woman in Gold. Previously, she was Director of International Production and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures International.
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