Ryan Haidarian has recently produced ACCIDENT, FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET, as well as VEHICLE 19, starring Paul Walker through his film development, production, distribution, and finance entity Forefront Media Group.
Through the distribution activities of Forefront, Haidarian has released such titles as the Academy Award winning STILL ALICE, COLD IN JULY, DETACHMENT, RUST AND BONE, VEHICLE 19 and THE SALESMAN.
Ryan was previously Head of Development and Production and then Head of New Ventures at the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa. During his tenure, the NFVF saw the making and release of a series of Academy Award winning and nominated movies. His legacy includes the establishment of a distribution division to handle innovative releases in South Africa.
Haidarian’s career began after graduating from the University of Texas’ film program, when he produced short films in Los Angeles – one of which premiered at the Manns Bruin Theater and headlined a symposium for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. In 1999 Haidarian sold his first television series for syndication and produced THE STORY OF DARREL ROYAL with co-producer Richard Hull (producer of Miramax’s SHE’S ALL THAT). That and subsequent documentaries went on to win Telly and Communicator Awards and HBO/Peabody Awards.
Haidarian has directed episodic television, produced independent features and directed commercials in the US. He has won numerous awards for his work in socially conscious TV programming, including a bronze Clio for best TV campaign.