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Jennifer Todd Named President Of Ben Affleck And Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 3:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Jennifer Todd has just been named president of Pearl Street Films, the Warner Bros-based producing shingle run by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Todd leaves her job as President of Film at the Mark Gordon Company, where she recently produced CBS Films’ upcoming 2013 release, The To-Do List. She also recently produced the Sony Classics film Celeste and Jesse Forever, starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg.

“We have enormous respect for Jennifer and look forward to working with her,” said Affleck and Damon. “She is great at producing and developing material, and we believe that with her we can take the company to the next level.”

Both Affleck and Damon are busy with varying projects, but Pearl Street Films has been gearing up on a number of projects. They include one on Boston crime kingpin, Whitey Bulger, for Warner Bros, with Affleck directing and Damon playing Bulger. The company is also in post-production on the Gus Van Sant-directed film Promised Land, which Damon wrote with John Krasinski. He and Krasinski star together and produced. Chay Carter and Drew Vinton continue to serve in their executive posts at Pearl Street.

As for Affleck, Warner Bros release his latest, Argo on October 12, in Oscar season. Affleck directed, produced and he stars as the film’s central figure, Tony Mendez.

Prior to working with the Mark Gordon Company, Todd and her sister, … Read More »

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Mandate Hires Phil Claydon To Direct ‘Miserable Excuse For A Hero’

By | Wednesday June 29, 2011 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Phil Claydon has been hired by Mandate Pictures to direct Miserable Excuse For A Hero, the D.V. De Vincentis-scripted adaptation of Bob Powers’ comic novel You Are A Miserable Excuse For A Hero. In the book, a 30-year-old part-time actor/full-time waiter goes on a date with a girl he kind of likes. The next day, he’s awakened by a phone call from kidnappers who tell him they have his girlfriend, and will kill her if he doesn’t come up with $50,000 in ransom. Considering he barely knows the girl, he’s conflicted. Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd are producing. Claydon directed Lesbian Vampire Killers and is working on Dan Mintner: Badass For Hire.

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Zac Efron’s ‘Die In A Gunfight’ Gets Helmer

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Mandler has been set to direct Die In A Gunfight for Media Rights Capital, the Gabriel Ferrari/Andrew Barrer-scripted film that has Zac Efron attached to star. Mark Gordon is producing with Jennifer Todd. Mandler, a photographer, music video and commercial director, is separately attached to direct Vlad at Summit Entertainment, with Plan B producing. UTA and Management 360 reps the director. The scribes wrote Die In A Gunfight right out of NYU, and it made the 2010 Black List. Efron is attached to play a fight-prone and death-obsessed young society man who pursues a romance with the daughter of his father’s enemy.

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