Westward Productions is a film and television production company founded by Beau Willimon and Jordan Tappis. Westward has several feature documentaries in production and a major television series in development. The company recently released THE WALK AROUND THE WORLD, a one-hour special for National Geographic Channel about Karl Bushby, an ex-British Paratrooper who is more than halfway through a lifelong quest to walk the longest unbroken footpath in history. Last summer, Westward released A MASTER BUILDER, the latest cinematic collaboration between Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, based on the Henrik Ibsen play and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright, producer and co-founder of Westward Productions. His play Farragut North became the basis for the motion picture screenplay Ides of March, which he co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and which earned him Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. Willimon is creator and executive producer of Netflix’s original series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Willimon graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Jordan Tappis is a Los Angeles based director, producer and music executive. He is the president and founder of music entertainment company Record Collection, co-founder of Westward Productions, co-owner of publishing company Dark Creek Media and a principal in American NGO Waves for Water, an organization dedicated to obliterating the world water crisis.
Zach Guglin has been with Westward Productions for almost two years, during which time he has developed, produced and edited projects for the company. Most recently he produced THE WALK AROUND THE WORLD, which aired on National Geographic Channel in May 2015. Prior to Westward, Zach worked in development at Carol Baum Productions, where he played an instrumental role in starting the company's TV business, resulting in the sale of multiple pilots. Zach graduated with distinction from Northwestern University, with degrees in Radio/TV/Film and Economics.