Day Zero Productions, an international production and distribution company led by The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, has named Haroon Saleem as its president of production.
Saleem, who will be based in Los Angeles and report directly to Noah, joins Day Zero from Red Hour, where he served as the executive VP of production and oversaw The Package for Netflix as well as the upcoming Friendsgiving for Endeavor Content. Previously, he was an executive on such films and franchises as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Tooth Fairy, Chasing Mavericks, The Pursuit of Happyness, Into the Forest, I Am Legendand Hancock. Saleem also produced the pre-show for the 2010 Stand Up To Cancer telecast, founded The 008/Generation for Change that supported the 2008 Obama campaign and created the nonprofit I VOTE in 2012.
Viacom, a partner in Day Zero Productions, holds exclusive first-look rights on all projects developed by Noah and the company across all media, including television, feature films, digital and short-form video content. Per the partnership, Paramount Players is adapting a feature film from Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
“I could not be more excited and blessed to have Haroon join Day Zero as president,” Noah added of the company’s first major hire. “His vision, authenticity and brilliance are the perfect attributes to help shape Day Zero into a producer of engaging and original content across all platforms except VHS.”