Jigsaw Productions is helmed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, considered one of the most prolific and thought-provoking documentary filmmakers of our generation. Founding Jigsaw Educational Productions in 1978, Gibney set out to make the company an incubator for diverse filmmakers, giving each the opportunity as part of the Jigsaw team to explore and refine their talent in the art of producing documentary films. In 2012, Gibney founded Jigsaw Productions, LLC, and partnered with Content Media, a global entertainment corporation, allowing Jigsaw to further expand into feature films and the scripted and unscripted television series arena.
Jigsaw has produced some of the most acclaimed documentary films in recent years, including the triple Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, one of the most watched documentaries in HBO’s history; the Academy® and Emmy Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side; the Oscar®-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God; Showtime’s Emmy-winning History of the Eagles, the controversial We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and the provocative film about Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace, The Armstrong Lie.
More recent Jigsaw releases include the Peabody Award-winning and Grammy nominated Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, which became one of the most popular documentaries on HBO. The two-part special Sinatra: All or Nothing At All premiered in April 2015 on HBO, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2015. The Man in the Machine, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, was selected as the opening film of the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2015, premiered in theaters and on VOD in September 2015, and aired on CNN in January 2016 as the number one show in its time slot among the cable news networks.
Jigsaw Production’s latest feature, Zero Days, directed by Alex Gibney, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Berlinale. Magnolia Pictures will release the film in the summer of 2016 with Showtime releasing it on TV in the future.
Jigsaw has an active slate of highly visible TV series: The New Yorker Presents, a series which brings to life the award-winning The New Yorker magazine, premiered as a special event at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and on Amazon Video in mid February, Cooked, a four part docu-series that is based on Michael Pollan’s book, premiered at the Berlinale, in the culinary section, and later on Netflix Global, with Gibney directing the first episode of the series called “Fire”, Death Row Stories, a popular CNN series executive produced by Gibney and Robert Redford, that explore difficult questions about the US capital punishment system, is on its third season now, Edge of Eighteen, a groundbreaking series for Al Jazeera America where Jigsaw mentored high school seniors as they filmed their lives on the brink of adulthood and Parched, a four part investigative docu-series about the water crisis, which will air globally on NatGeo in 171 countries and will have a limited theatrical release.
From geopolitics to sports, finance to music, all of Jigsaw’s work reflects the myriad interests of its founder, who refers to himself as a “filmmaker with journalistic baggage.” Whether the company is creating a documentary or narrative film, a scripted or unscripted series, Jigsaw adheres to a particular ethos: well-told, insightful, scrupulously researched, and visually poignant stories, which ignite and engage our curiosity. Reaching audiences on screens small or large, on platforms digital or traditional, Jigsaw aims to achieve critical and commercial success without sacrificing style or authenticity.