The producers of Rust are a pretty motley band – a ‘motley band’ as The Hollywood Reporter called them this week. According to a spokesperson for the production group, five of the six were physically in New Mexico on the day of filming. However, they were not in the immediate vicinity of where Mr. Baldwin was rehearsing when he fired his pistol.
In addition to Mr. Baldwin, the following producers were present: Ryan Donnell Smith, who is also the president of Streamline Global and the owner of the production company Thomasville Pictures, Georgia. Mr. Smith has several executive producer credits that indicate financial involvement, including the Chicago Challenge 7. But according to IMDb Pro, the entertainment industry’s database, Rust was only his second script as a full-fledged producer.
Two other producers, Nathan Klinger and Ryan Winterstern, who own Short Porch Pictures, have not previously acted as full producers. They both also work for the Highland Film Group. (Mr. Winterstern’s father is Henry Winterstern, an investor, producer, and corporate capital artist whose credit includes Sylvester Stallone’s failed 2018 car Escape Plan 2: Hades.)
The fifth producer on set was Angul Nigam, who helped Mr. Baldwin produce Crown Vic. Mr. Nigam has spent his career primarily as an actor, appearing occasionally as Dr. Raj on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2017.
Rounding out the production team is Matt DelPiano, who was previously Mr. Baldwin’s agent at the Creative Artists Agency. Mr. DelPiano left CAA in 2019 to partner with Cavalry Media. Cavalry was founded a year earlier by Keegan Rosenberger, famous in Hollywood for being the senior CFO at Relativity, which fell apart in epic fashion in 2015; and Dana Brunetti, a fast-paced Hollywood character, Oscar-nominated for producing The Social Network and Captain Phillips, and who once had a production with Kevin Spacey.
According to Rust’s cuelist, Gabrielle Pickle was directly in control of the set the day Mr. Baldwin fired his pistol. Miss Pickle is a line producer whose role is secondary but important. Line manufacturers are usually involved in recruiting and vetting key team members. Ms. Pickle works for a manufacturing services company in Georgia called 3rd Shift Media. The company could not be reached for comment.