The Independent Film Channel (IFC) has signed a deal with Jon Favreau (Swingers) to executive produce a new special called Dinner for Five. As host, Favreau will assemble and lead an intimate gathering of guests for an evening of food and off-the-cuff conversation.
“Dinner for Five is a talk show, shot more like a documentary, set in a relaxed environment where five peers can talk about film, people or personal experiences without all the pressures of a traditional talk show,” says Favreau. “There are no scripts, pre-interviews, studio audiences or pre-determined lists of topics, just an open, free form setting for people in the community to discuss whatever is on their mind.”
To be shot on location in an LA restaurant in March, the guest list will include other personalities from the independent film world. The show is scheduled to air on IFC in August 2001.
Alison Palmer Bourke and Caroline Kaplan at IFC will serve as Executive Producers and Lisa Tauger at Big Frog Productions will produce.
Favreau established himself in as an actor and writer with the acclaimed hipster flick, Swingers, which he developed and co-produced as a vehicle for his friends and himself to star in. Shot on a micro-budget, the film ultimately resulted in a record-breaking distribution deal. Favreau makes his feature film directorial debut this summer with Made, which he also wrote. He stars opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Other feature credits include roles in the romantic comedy Love and Sex, which debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Marciano, Very Bad Things and Rudy.
The Independent Film Channel (IFC), managed and operated by Bravo Networks, is the first and most widely distributed channel dedicated to independent film presented 24 hours a day, uncut and commercial-free. ,IFC Entertainment, a division of IFC, consists of IFC Productions, a feature film production company; IFC Films, a theatrical film distribution company; Next Wave Films, established to provide finishing funds and other vital support to emerging filmmakers; and IFC Originals, which produces cutting-edge original programming for the network. In addition, IFC Productions recently launched InDigEnt, an initiative that helps established filmmakers shoot productions on digital video for the big screen.