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iW NEWS | Shaye and Lynne Form Unique Features

iW NEWS | Shaye and Lynne Form Unique Features

Former New Line Cinema chiefs Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne are forming Unique Features, a new independent company that plans to produce two to three titles a year, the pair announced Thursday. The company plans to develop and produce projects in what it describes as “a wide range of genres and budgets” and Warner Bros., which has a three-year first-look agreement with Unique, will handle domestic and international marketing and distribution for films contained within the terms of the first-look agreement. The new company will maintain offices in Los Angeles and New York. Longtime New Line production exec Mark Kaufman will join Shaye and Lynne at Unique along with Jonna Smith, Alexandra Loewy, Leah Holzer and Christina Delgado. At New Line, Kaufman had production responsibilities for the films “Hairspray,” “Secondhand Lions,” and “Take the Lead” as well as the upcoming “17 Again,” “4 Christmases,” and “My Sister’s Keeper.” He also oversaw the original Broadway production of “Hairspray.” Shaye and Lynne left their positions at New Line earlier this year after parent Time Warner absorbed the company’s operations into its Warner unit. [Brian Brooks]

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