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John Hilary Shepherd

Vice President Development - New Republic Pictures
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John Hilary Shepherd is a writer and the Vice President of Development for New Republic Pictures, the film financier founded by Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver.  As the former head of development at Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures, John oversaw a slate of a dozen film releases that collectively grossed $1.2 billion at the theatrical box-office and were nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including the Oscar-winning Black Swan and Hacksaw Ridge, along with box-office hits The Woman in Black, The Ides of March, Rush, Black Mass, and Everest.  As a writer, John was nominated for the Writers Guild Award for his work on the Showtime TV series Nurse Jackie.  He has an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.


Features – Genres: Drama,Comedy,Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror

Features – Budgets: Under $5MM,$5MM – $30MM,$30MM+

TV Pilots – Genres: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action

TV Pilots – Potential Homes: Network (CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, etc….),Cable (AMC, HBO, Showtime, etc….),Digital (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc….)

Themes/Formats: Coming-of-Age, Revenge, Futuristic, Road Trip, Inspirational, Young Adult (YA), Female-Driven, Crime/True Crime, Psychological, High-Concept, Books, Graphic Novels

Other Genres/Themes/Categories: Music driven shows / Hip, single cam comedies / Conspiracy theory or alternative history worlds