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Union Editorial Partners with Amazon Studios and Mutt Film on Transgender Coming-of-Age Docuseries ‘Always Jane’
- Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
The four-part story premieres November 12 on Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video has announced the upcoming four-part docuseries Always Jane - a production of Amazon Studios, Mutt Film, and Union Editorial - which follows transgender teenager Jane Noury and her family as she nears graduation and prepares to leave the nest in a true coming-of-age story. This intimate and unguarded look at the Nourys reveals a family with unconditional love that shines through as they tackle obstacles head-on so that Jane can live authentically. Navigating deeply personal and challenging issues, the Noury family’s uplifting humor and kindness is always present, revealing the transformative power of acceptance, support, and love. All four episodes of the Amazon Original series Always Jane will premiere on Prime Video on Friday, November 12, in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Jonathan C. Hyde directed the series and also served as executive producer with Union Partner/Editor James Haygood and Partner/Managing Director Michael Raimondi. Mutt Film’s Beth George and Shannon Lords-Houghton and Jane Noury also served as executive producers, while Union’s Katherine LeBlond served as producer.
“They really had me at hello. The pure joy and love that this family embodied came through on the pitch piece Jonathan showed us,” Raimondi recalled. “I knew then we had to find a way to get this made. Jane's story is too important to not be told. It's one we need to tell again and again.”
In recent years, Union has complemented its expertise in creative editorial, graphics, and finishing for commercial and long-form projects, with original content development, consulting, and financing for branded content, features, and documentary series. These include A BEAUTIFUL CURSE (Les Producers 2021), the feature debut of writer/director Martin Garde Abildgaard. Raimondi and Union Partner/Editor Marco Perez are among the executive producers of the film, which has received numerous honors, including Best Editing for Perez, at the RiverRun International Film Festival, and Grand Jury Prize for Best Genre Film at Cinequest 2021, where it had its World Premiere. ARCTIC (Bleecker Street 2019), starring Mads Mikkelsen (ANOTHER ROUND), was produced by Union with Partner/Editor Einar Thorsteinsson executive producing and Raimondi as Co-Executive Producer. The film was praised by Rolling Stone (“an ice-cold killer of a movie”), LA Times (“an effective nail-biter”), Indie Wire (“packed with excitement”), and Entertainment Weekly (“a harrowing postcard from the void”).
“After helping with editorial on a string of doc series over the last few years, we’d been on the lookout for a project we could champion from the beginning,” said Haygood, whose recent longform credits include serving as Producer on “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder” (Netflix 2020), with LeBlond as Co-Producer, and Zach Kashkett as Editor. “We were fortunate to connect with Jonathan early on to help with the pitch and find a streaming home for this moving story about Jane and her family. ‘Always Jane’ is a project we’re so proud to share with the world.”
“I see Always Jane as a love story. Love stories always have hopes, dreams, and heartache, but best of all—a happily ever after. My family has always abundantly showered my sisters and I with love and acceptance, and that made all the difference in the world for my transition. My genuine hope is that a family who may be struggling with acceptance is inspired to open their hearts and embrace their very own story of love upon viewing Always Jane,” said Jane Noury.
“As Union Editorial expands its repertoire, we were so ecstatic to take on such an important story of inclusivity and positivity as a project we could build from the beginning,” concluded LeBlond. “Working with Jane and The Noury family has been a true career highlight for all involved and Amazon Studios was the perfect home.”
Union Editorial has offices located in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and London, where it maintains an alliance with Marshall Street Editors. The company also develops and produces original content through its Union Entertainment Group banner. Other Union companies include Hunter, which provides finishing services, vfx, graphics and mix for commercials, features and gaming. Union is presided over by Partner/Managing Director Michael Raimondi alongside Executive Producer Joe Ross and Head of Production Dani DuHadway in LA, Partner/Managing Director Caryn Maclean alongside Executive Producer Melissa Lubin in NY, Executive Producer Vicki Russell in Austin, and Logan Aries, Executive Producer of Hunter. The Union roster is comprised of Partner/Editors Jim Haygood, Einar Thorsteinsson, Jay Friedkin, Sloane Klevin, Marco Perez, Merritt Duff, Graham Turner, and Chris Huth, editors Daniel Luna, Laura Milstein, Jason Lucas, Karen Kourtessis, Kevin Ray, Nicholas Wayman-Harris, Rachael Waxler, Zach Kashkett, Andrea MacArthur, Amanda Perry, Justin “Q” Quagliata, and Rick Lawley, as well as select projects with Teddy Gersten, Tim Thornton-Allan, Matt Chesse, John Mayes, Spencer Ferszt, Paul Plew and the Marshall Street roster.
About Always Jane
Jane Noury lives with her family in rural New Jersey, and like any teenager, must balance friends, family, and school. While today’s political and social climate may not seem like the easiest time for a transgender teenager to grow up, you haven’t met her family, the Nourys. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and find irreverent humor in daily life, while Jane sets her sights on life beyond her family.
About Mutt Film
Mutt Film started in 2016 with the idea of taking a multidisciplinary approach to film production. Mutt brings high production quality to both long form and short form content. Mutt prides itself on creating content around social issues and promoting eco responsibility in the film industry. As a WBENC-certified female-owned business, Mutt strives to promote equality and diversity in the workplace.
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