Financing Content Across Formats
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Tim Zajaros is a producer and co-founder of Armory Films, a film finance and production company that creates, develops, produces, and finances high concept and commercially viable content. With the ability to finance projects from initial creative inception through production and release, Armory has amassed an impressive slate spanning numerous genres and styles, nurturing distinctive stories into groundbreaking films. The Los Angeles based company was created with partner Christopher
Lemole in 2013. Under the Armory Films banner Zajaros recently wrapped production in Los Angeles on Charlie Day’s directorial debut El Tonto starring Day, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich,
Edie Falco, Jillian Bell, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Ray Liotta and Travis Fimmel.
Zajaros produced Joe Penna’s Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen which made its world premiere at the 2018
Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired by Bleeker Street for North American distribution and will be released next month. He also produced and financed Dee Rees’ lauded feature Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund, which rose to critical success since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. After being acquired by Netflix, the film went on to receive a record breaking four Academy Award Nominations, making the film a milestone in Netflix’s history in the awards race.
Additional recent productions include: The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern, and Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair’s latest horror/thriller Mom and Dad, which received rave reviews when it premiered in the midnight madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.
Zajaros’ previous work with Armory Films includes producing the horror comedy Zombeavers with Benderspink and the Cabin Fever reboot with Eli Roth and Cassian Elwes. Prior to launching Armory Films, Zajaros produced Restitution starring Mena Suvari and Tom Arnold, and From the Head starring Matthew Lillard. He earlier wrote and produced the documentary Building for Life, an inspirational story about three poverty stricken individuals in Northern Thailand who are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Zajaros presented Building for Life at the session for the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Zajaros graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors of Business
Administration, emphasis in Finance. He began his professional career with an automotive marketing company based out of Detroit, and soon after left to work in the Agent Training Program for United Talent Agency (UTA).