Award-winning producers Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter founded Salon in 2013, a film finance & production firm with a focus on exceptional material. Salon is committed to a close creative relationship with talent, to develop and produce a portfolio of intelligent and unique films, and manage this library in the marketplace. Chris Reynolds joined Salon in 2015 as Commercial Director, to negotiate core investment and manage a portfolio of investment models. While Ian Berg joined Salon in 2017 as Executive Director, to oversee the growth, process and diversification of the company. Most recently, Annabel Wigoder has joined as Development & Production Executive across Salon’s entire slate.
At Salon, Paul and Nick have produced the features Churchill, My Name is Lenny, and Lek & The Dogs; and the documentaries McQueen, Breaking Habits, Gascoigne, The Challenge, The Guv’nor, and The Iconoclast. Chris has served as executive producer on all these films, and Ian on several. Previously, Nick and Paul produced the films Offender, Anuvahood, Sket, and Shank. Salon has a successful track record of collaboration with first class international partners, including Lionsgate, Entertainment One, Embankment, Cohen Media Group, Silver Reel and Union Patriot Capital.
Nick Taussig, Founding Partner
Prior to founding Salon, Nick Taussig was formerly Managing Director of Revolver. He acquired, and oversaw the release of, some of the most important films of the last decade, including Alex Gibney’s Oscar-winning doc Taxi to the Dark Side, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man, Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One, and Justin Kurzel’s Snowtown. He also headed up the production arm of Revolver, financing and producing four films with Paul Van Carter that grossed a combined £10m on a production cost of £2.7m. In addition, Nick is the author of four novels, his most recent, The Distinguished Assassin.
Paul Van Carter, Founding Partner
Before Salon, Paul Van Carter produced commercials for ten years, and worked on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson, starring Tom Hardy and winner of best film at Sydney Film Festival. Paul moved to Revolver Entertainment to produce features with Nick Taussig, overseeing a stable of directors and writers and a development slate, he produced four films there, and wrote two of these. Paul has also published two books, including one on the subject of 20th century art history entitled Oil on Canvas. He has also written My Name is Lenny for Salon and directed The Guv’nor, nominated for best documentary at East End Film Festival 2016, and the NFA 2017.
Annabel Wigoder, Development & Production Executive
Annabel has worked across film and TV in various development and production roles. She began her career working in script development at Headline Pictures across films including Quartet and The Invisible Woman, and TV drama series including The Man In The High Castle. She then moved to Buckland Productions as Head of Development, working on film and TV drama series, before moving into Production where she produced short films, music promos and branded content. She has worked in a freelance capacity for Film4, BBC Writers Room and Focus Features, and was chosen as ‘One to Watch’ by the Edinburgh International TV Festival. She is also a produced playwright.
Christopher J Reynolds, Commercial Director
Having spent three decades in the North-East England financial industry, today Chris assists high net worth individuals and strategic investors to grow their investment portfolios, at the same time supporting business endeavours, through his firm Invest Northern Counties, which he founded in 2009. A member of the Institute of Financial Services, he has numerous qualifications in sharedealing, commercial mortgages, financial advice, and regulated equity release, and is currently studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst Investment Management Certificate. Christopher also liaises with government, funding and educational agencies to promote projects that support employment in the North East of England.
Ian Berg, Executive Director
Ian is an acknowledged business coach and serial entrepreneur, having helped start-ups, and rapidly grown and globalized a range of diverse businesses, creating distinctive, innovative, highly regarded and market leading organizations – from global blue chip players to SMEs as well as across the venture capital community. Highly experienced in international business, turnarounds, TV and film, private equity environments and market listings, Ian is also a change consultant to central government, as well as across the wider public and private sectors. A professionally qualified Human Resource practitioner and NED, educated both in the UK and at INSEAD business school and has held a range of Board level appointments for leading global companies. Ian has been involved in film for over twenty years, and first partnered with Salon in 2014 to help develop the films Churchill and My Name is Lenny as Executive Producer.