MEET THE TEAM
CEO & Founding Partner
Perrin Chiles is the CEO and co-founder of Adaptive Studios, guiding the company’s strategic vision to become the versatile studio of the future. As an Emmy® award-winning producer with a background in private equity, finance and entrepreneurship, Chiles is uniquely positioned to lead this next-generation studio.
Founded in 2012, Adaptive is an entertainment studio with a vast library of owned IP that develops and produces original stories for traditional and digital distribution. Chiles has led the company in raising $28.5M in funding to-date and has secured partnership with high profile collaborators and distributors including AMC Networks, HBO, Netflix, FX Networks, Fox Animation, and blackpills. Adaptive reimagines and revitalizes abandoned IP from the Hollywood system through films, television, digital entertainment and books – focusing on the platform that best fits the story.
Chiles executive produced the highly acclaimed, Emmy® nominated Project Greenlight as well as Adaptive’s young adult feature film Coin Heist, debuting on Netflix, which marked the first successful conversion from script to novel to feature film for the studio. Adaptive is also developing other publishing works as feature films, most recently Air in partnership with John Legend’s production company Get Lifted and Lionsgate. Additionally, Chiles was recently named as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs” of 2017.
Prior to Adaptive, Chiles founded In Effect Films to produce socially-conscious documentary films such as the Academy Award® Short-Listed and Emmy® Award-winning Autism: The Musical and the award-winning surfing documentary film Splinters. Before moving to Los Angeles, Chiles worked at Elevation Partners, a leading media and entertainment private equity fund, and Silver Lake Partners, a premiere technology private equity fund.
Chiles graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics & History and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and kids.
TJ Barrack is a co-founder at Adaptive Studios and oversees the publishing and digital arms of the business. Barrack brings an experienced background in producing having served as one of the executive producers on the highly acclaimed, Emmy® nominated Project Greenlight, as well as Adaptive’s young adult feature film Coin Heist, which debuted on Netflix. Coin Heist marked the first successful conversion from script to novel to feature film for the studio.
Prior to co-founding Adaptive, Barrack was Operations Director for Miramax from 2010-2012 and President of independent film production company, Little House Productions, from 2004-2009. At Little House Productions, he produced multiple award winning documentary feature films in the action sports world. TJ began his professional career in private equity, working for Los Angeles based firm Colony Capital.
He is a California native and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001 with a BA in English.
Marc Joubert is a founding partner at Adaptive, helping oversee all daily operations and guiding creative decisions on the development and production departments. Prior to launching Adaptive, Joubert served as the President of the ONEXONE Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide. For eight years, beginning in 2000, Joubert was the Senior Vice President at LivePlanet, the production hub for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. At LivePlanet, Marc produced several noteworthy series, including the Emmy-nominated series Project Greenlight for HBO and Bravo, the feature film Running the Sahara and was the Executive Producer on the multiplatform Race to E3 for MTV and XBOX Live. Joubert’s credits also include features First Descent for Universal, Feast for Dimension, and The Battle of Shaker Heights for Miramax.
Marc is heavily involved with several charity organizations. He is a co-founder of H2O Africa (now Water.org) and sits on the Board of Directors of the Sean McDonough Children's Foundation, as well as The Q Fund. Marc is on the advisory board for Children Mending Hearts and has worked as an advisor to Team 25 Foundation, for over 10 years as.
COO & CFO
HEAD OF ORIGINAL CONTENT
Steve Foster is the head of original content at Adaptive Studios, overseeing development across the company’s television, film, publishing and digital arms.
Before joining Adaptive, Foster was at HBO Films, responsible for shepherding projects through the development and production process. While there, he worked on various films, including Behind the Candelabra (Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie); Bessie (Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie); Clear History, Confirmation, Mary and Martha; Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight, Notes from the Field, and Paterno. Foster also worked with Adaptive Studios on Project Greenlight season four, which chronicled the making of the film, The Leisure Class.
Prior to HBO, Foster worked at Scott Free, where he helped oversee the development and production of several films including Gladiator (Academy Award® for Best Picture) and Hannibal.
Foster also has experience in production, where he executive produced numerous national and regional television commercials. He holds an M.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
GENERAL COUNSEL & HEAD OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS
VP OF PUBLISHING AND LITERARY DEVELOPMENT
Wise oversees all creative book development and publishing operations for Adaptive Studios. Since joining the company in August 2016, he has published 14 titles with both award-winning and emerging authors. In his tenure at Adaptive, Wise has personally acquired 12 projects slated to publish through the end of this year and in to 2019. More than half of his acquisitions are in stages of film and television development, including the titles Air at Lionsgate and The Memory Thief with FOX.
Prior to joining Adaptive Studios, Wise was the Director of Publishing for Blumhouse Books, a joint venture between Blumhouse Productions and Random House. Before joining Blum’s team, he was a literary agent at Foundry Literary + Media, helping to found their book-to-film division. Wise holds an MFA from Naropa University where he was the prose editor of the esteemed literary journal, Bombay Gin.
VP OF PRODUCTION
Kate Grady is the VP of Production, Digital leading all creative and physical production strategies for Adaptive Studios’ slate. Grady has executive produced over 20 series while with the company, including Sundance darling, “Pineapple.” She is recognized for her expertise in the streaming space, having previously worked as a Supervising Producer for companies including PopSugar Studios, Big Breakfast (College Humor), and New Form.
VP OF DEVELOPMENT
Stephen Christensen oversees the discovery and development of all original digital series at Adaptive Studios, with a mandate to find the next generation of great filmmakers. Since joining the company in 2014, Christensen has developed over 70 projects, having executive produced series that have gone to major festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca.
Prior to joining Adaptive, Christensen spent time at Paramount Pictures in the Production Acquisitions department. Before that, he worked in development at a variety of production companies including Appian Way Productions, Disruption Entertainment, The Montecito Picture Company and Langley Park Productions. Stephen graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Creative Producing.
VP OF ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING
Courtney Parker is VP of Alternative Programming at Adaptive Studios, overseeing all initiatives to expand the studio’s unscripted and reality programming. Parker joins Adaptive from network, TV One, where she served as an Executive in Charge of Production for shows including “Rickey Smiley For Real,” “Fatal Attraction,” and their newest Viola Davis executive produced true-crime series, “Two Sides.”
Parker is a television and publishing maven (and a New York Times bestselling author), who wrote and worked on the popular TV franchise, "Law & Order” for seven years. She made her transition to reality television and has since executive/co-executive produced for Oxygen’s true crime series, “Three Days To Live,” TV One’s hit show, “Hollywood Divas,” VH1's top-rated franchise "Love & Hip Hop" with Mona Scott-Young, as well as a talk show for OWN, “It’s Not You, It’s Men,” with Rev Run & Tyrese.