Award-winning filmmaker José Padilha, known for his work on films and series such as Elite Squad, Narcos, RoboCop, and Bus 174, has joined Taking Over a poc owned production company. Padilha's addition to the Taking Over roster further strengthens the company's commitment to producing social impact made by A-list artists.

The director, whose film career is managed by WME and 360, boasting over 127 accolades from international festivals including the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Peabody Award, which recognises media organisations and individuals with outstanding public services.

The release of his first short film, American Cancer Story, a powerful call to action against childhood mortality, marks this new chapter with Taking Over NY. The teaser is now available digitally and has been republished by artists such as James Valentine, lead guitar at Maroon 5 and author of the short film original score; in addition to being considered a very important film by Jim Acosta on CNN.

“Being alongside such talented people expands the possibilities in producing content relevant to society and allows me to work with professionals I admire like Douglas Costa and the Taking Over team”, says Jose Padilha

This is the first project produced by Douglas Costa, ex-Partizan Paris and Brazil, with the director. The Latin-Asian producer has been collaborating for over 10 years with Spike Lee and has worked with Georges Bermann, Michel Gondry, Constantine Venetopoulos, Jeniffer Lopes, Quentin Dupieux, Martin Fougerol, Antoine Bardou Jacquet, Mark Zybert, Jim Hosking, Gilles Lelouche and Alex Courtes to name a few.

“I arrived in the American market leaving the comfort of being Head of Partizan, one of the top production companies in the world, to found a new house focused on social impact with projects that contribute to society, counting on partnerships with companies and professionals who want to be part of the changes ”, adds Douglas Costa.

"I've been collaborating with international A-list directors for over 20 years and José Padilha is the first Brazilian A-List director I've worked with, and there's nothing better than starting this relationship with an exceptional script, even though our budget for American Cancer Story was super lean. It challenged us in many ways, but also allowed us to bring friends like James Valentine and Pierre Buffin from Buf Company to collaborate. The success of this first project together is a source of great pride. In addition to having the honour of welcoming one of the great contemporary directors into our home, the process of discovering his genius as a script writer, detail-oriented and passionate about the seventh art with social impact brought us hope and the certainty that with our partnership we are on the right path."

Douglas Costa founded Taking Over in New York City in 2019, debuting with a short film directed by Spike Lee Impact for Budweiser considered by Fast Company The Future of Philanthropy as the money raised by the campaign helped deliver the Jackie Robinson museum for New York City, Free Range Humans for Corona, Nurture by Nature for Apple, Sin Frio for Nike and Draw With Me, a short film about gender equality starring Jeniffer Lopez's niebling Brendo Scholl invited by the UN to be projected on the first transgender health panel in history, now the impactful short film American Cancer Story raising funds for pediatric câncer institutions.

The Producer has collaborated on projects awarded by Oscar, Cannes Film, Cannes Lions, Clio, D&AD, BAFTA and was part of the team that won the Palme d'Or for best producer of the year at Cannes, has developed campaigns for brands such as Budweiser, Corona, Apple, Uber, Nike and Land Rover, Peugeot, P& G, Unilever, Coca Cola, Honda as well as music videos for White Stripes, U2, Daft Punk, Chico César, Chico Buarque, Mariana Aydar, Maria Bethania, Phoenix, Air, Seu Jorge among others.