Swingers Director to Launch New Media Co

Doug Liman, director of Swingers and The Bourne Identity and an executive producer of The O.C., is the latest Hollywood talent to start a digital production company. Launching with an agreement to use striking writers from the WGA, the company, called Jackson Bites, will create content for the Internet, set-top boxes, mobile phones and other non-traditional methods, according to an emailed press release.

“If the last strike is best remembered for the studios attempting to show they could create programming without writers, this could be the strike where the writers show they can do it without the studios,” Liman said in the release, which stated that he would “not direct or produce any of the content in the new company,” but did not explain why. The company’s investment is from unnamed “new media and business investors.”

NewTeeVee writer Jackson West will be happy to know that the company is named after Liman’s 11-year-old sheep dog.

Jackson Bites joins a growing group of startups trying to use established talent and evade television, such as Virtual Artists and 60Frames.

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