EXCLUSIVE: Carla Hacken has been named president of production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Hacken, who set up a producing label at DreamWorks after a 15-year tenure as an executive at Fox 2000 and a short stay at New Regency, will start her new job March 17. She will oversee both film and TV projects for Sidney Kimmel’s company.
Hacken seems well suited to return to the executive suite. Hired at Fox 2000 from ICM by Laura Ziskin, she worked closely with Elizabeth Gabler and oversaw such Fox 2000 films as Walk The Line, The Devil Wears Prada, Unfaithful, The Family Stone, and the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and Percy Jackson franchises. “Carla is a dynamic, creative executive who brings with her a wealth of experience and an undisputed respect and standing in the business,” said SKE president Jim Tauber. “Her leadership, insights and obvious skills will be invaluable to SKE as we expand our film and television production.”
Hacken tells me she hopes to bring to SKE some of the projects she set at her DreamWorks-based Paper Pictures label. Among those are Francesca Haig’s science fiction trilogy Fire Sermon, which Nicole Perlman is writing; the non-fiction book proposal The Noble Assassin along with Michael Sugar and Anonymous Content, about a WWII French aristocrat who joined the British Special Operations before helping organize the French resistance, with True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga attached to direct; the Lionsgate-based thriller The Leaves with Gotham Chopra; Suess, the Black List script that has Colin Firth attached to play children’s author Theodor Geisel; an adaptation of Ruth Reichl’s Delicious; and The Man Who Forgot His Wife for CBS Films. There are television projects in the mix as well, including an adaptation of the Wendy Ruderman/Barbara Laker memoir Busted, with Prada’s David Frankel attached to direct and produce with Hacken. Read More »
Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee and Sarah Wright will join Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment‘s Walk Of Shame. Steven Brill wrote and is directing the comedy, about … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Neophyte scribes Annie Harnick and Nick Cion have made their first pitch sale to Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, for an untitled romantic comedy that is aimed at a young audience. The newcomers certainly know the terrain, as Harnick is a junior at Harvard and Cion is a junior at Princeton. Each is 20 years old, making them far younger than most of the scribes Deadline writes about.
They were repped in the deal by ICM Partners, and there is a back story here. Esther Newberg, the powerhouse ICM publishing agent, asked her West Coast counterparts to read a script by the duo, called The Valedictorian. She didn’t tell them who the writers were. And the agents swear that it wasn’t until after they sparked to the script and moved to sign the writers that Newberg admitted that Cion is her great nephew. The agents sent out their script, and got 21 positive responses to the 22 producers.
The scribes met with all the producers. In their meeting with SKE’s Sidney Kimmel and his production president Matt Berenson, they mentioned another project idea. That resulted in their first deal, and while Kimmel didn’t want to blow the concept by revealing it, it must have been good because it’s only the second pitch the company has bought in its history. While The Valedictorian didn’t sell in the first round of meetings, the agency will refocus the effort on the indie set. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has acquired Comancheria, a feature spec script by actor Taylor Sheridan. SKE will finance and produce with Film 44, whose principal Peter Berg is eyeing the pic as a potential directing vehicle. … Read More »
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced that it will co-finance and co-produce Mr Morgan’s Last Love, a comedic melodrama that has Michael Caine attached to star. The story is based on the Francoise Dorner novel La Douceur Assassine and centers on a retired, lonely … Read More »
UPDATE: Relativity Media has announced a four year foreign output deal with Tripictures. Tripictures will oversee the distribution of Relativity-produced features in Spain. This includes films Relativity is actively developing, producing, financing and distributing.
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EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl, not Halle Berry, will be the one smooching Jon Bon Jovi in New Line’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. I’m told Berry has dropped out of the picture, which is just getting underway. Heigl was available … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum is set to star in The Contortionist’s Handbook, the film adaptation of the Craig Clevenger novel that will be financed by GreeneStreet Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as a co-production between those companies and DAS Films. Production … Read More »