As former Weinstein Co. production chief Donna Gigliotti (“I Don’t Know How She Does It”) moves into an indie producing deal, The Weinstein Company is bringing in veteran studio exec Dylan Sellers as President of a combined production and acquisitions department based in Los Angeles. Acquisitions and co-productions exec Peter Lawson will move on; Sellers will report to Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser in New York.
TWC plans to continue to produce three to five release a year. The 2011 slate included TWC-produced “My Week with Marilyn” and 2012 brings Quentin Tarantino’s “Djano Unchained,” starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as “Silver Linings Playbook,” which Weinstein is producing; writer-director David O. Russell is adapting Matthew Quick’s novel; the film stars Bradley Cooper as a former teacher recovering from a stint in a mental hospital; Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro costar.
Native Angeleno Sellers is a veteran Warner Bros. production exec who knows the business side (he started his career as a lawyer at O’Melveny & Myers). He produced such films as “Footloose,” “A Cinderella Story,” “Agent Cody Banks,” “Valentine,” “The Replacements,” “Out to Sea,” and “Big Bully.”
Reporting to Sellers are Daniel Guando, SVP of Acquisitions, Negeen Yazdi, VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Julie Rapaport, Director of Production and Business Development, Collin Creighton, Director of Production and Development, Jennifer Malloy, Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Sam Grey, Creative Executive, and Noah Sacco, Creative Executive.