Magazine article Screen International

Production Duo Join Levantine

Magazine article Screen International

Production Duo Join Levantine

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Donna Gigliotti and longtime film development executive Renee Witt have joined New York-based Levantine Films.

Gigliotti will assume the newly created role of president and Witt vice-president at the finance, development and production company.

Levantine Films aims to develop, fully finance and produce character-driven films in the $15-30m range in the vein of The Reader, The Notebook andTwo Lovers.

The company, backed by Texas-based investor Crest Investments, was established in 2009 and served as executive producer on Cherien Dabis' Amreeka.

Gigliotti won the best picture Oscar in 1998 for Shakespeare In Love and her credits include Silver Linings Playbook and The Reader.

She has served as president of production at The Weinstein Company, evp of production at Miramax Films, and president of production at USA Films. …

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