Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla Films, Randall Emmett and George Furla’s Los Angeles-based production and financing company that has been backing a widening profile of mid-budget star-driven films, has hired producer Michael Flannigan to serve as Head of Production. EFF has also promoted Brandon Grimes and Tim Sullivan to SVP and Junior Creative Executive, respectively.

The moves come as the company stakes and is producing a lot of films. They are prepping 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg for Universal; the Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger-starrer The Tomb for Lionsgate/Summit; the romantic comedy Rule #1, with Reese Witherspoon; the action/thriller Empire State starring Dwayne Johnson and Emile Hirsch; and Lucky Strike, which is in discussions to star Vince Vaughn and be directed by Tony Scott, with EFF producing with Scott Free Productions.

EFF just wrapped the thriller Broken City with Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, which Fox will release in January; the Stephen Frears-directed comedy Lay The Favorite with Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Zeta-Jones and Vaughn, which The Weinstein Company acquired after its Sundance premiere; the thriller Frozen Ground with John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens; the drama Fire With Fire with Josh Duhamel, Willis and Rosario Dawson; the action-thriller Freelancers with Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson; and the David Ayer-directed mystery crime thriller End Of Watch, with Jake Gyllanhall and Anna Kendrick with Cheetah Vision Films.

Flannigan is a veteran producer with credits that include The Black Dhalia, 88 Minutes, Cleaner, Mad Money and Home Of The Brave. He reports to Emmett and he’s already in New Orleans prepping The Tomb. Grimes, who began working for Emmett/Furla in 2008, will head up day-to-day financial aspects of the company, and Sullivan, a four-year EFF vet, will steer development.