Magazine article Screen International

David Linde Staffs Up at Lava Bear Films

Magazine article Screen International

David Linde Staffs Up at Lava Bear Films

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Former Lionsgate director of development Zachary Studin is named production vp at the fledgling production and financing venture while Jennifer Semler is promoted to director of production.

Studin will source projects and oversee development and production of the slate. Longtime Linde associate Semler will coordinate post-production. Both report to production head Tory Metzger.

Lava Bear is backed by Reliance Entertainment and has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures, who has first option to co-finance projects and distribute them in the US and "other significant international territories."

"As we begin to ramp up our production slate it is important to create a team of executives who are experienced in identifying material and passionate about bringing projects from the page to the screen," Metzger said. "Both Zachary and Jennifer exceed these criteria and we are proud to have them as part of the Lava Bear team. …

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