Magazine article Variety

Facts on Pacts

Magazine article Variety

Facts on Pacts

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Amid the massive changes and financial challenges facing Hollywood, the six major studios managed largely to maintain the status quo on their on-lot film production pacts. Ironically, Sony Pictures, despite being under pressure to slash its annual spending by $250 million, and having cut hundreds of jobs, actually amped up its roster over the past year.

Sony's increase to 30 first-look deals from 22 represents by far the biggest hike in several years for any major, and drove the overall number of studio-funded arrangements to 142, an increase of four over the same time last year. The new deals at Sony include an ultra-lucrative agreement for ousted studio chief Amy Pascal; a three-year pact for "Captain America" directors Joe and Anthony Russo; deals for Channing Tatum and Josh Donen, former execs Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Michelle Raimo Kouyate and for up-and-comers, Josh Bratman's Immersive and Joby Harold's Safehouse.

Among all studios, Warner Bros, remained in its usual leadership spot, with 37 pacts, including four through New Line. Its total three-deal gain came from the additions of "American Sniper" producers Andrew Lazar and Robert Lorenz; "Lego Movie" animation supervisor Chris McKay, who's directing "Lego Batman"; and James Wan, director of horror megahit "The Conjuring," and its sequel.

Among the notable deals that were not renewed: Roger Birnbaum at MGM; Peter Guber, David Linde and Vince Vaughn at Universal; Mark Gordon at Disney; Steven Rales' Indian Paintbrush at Paramount; and Alexander Payne at Fox Searchlight. Notable new additions include Elizabeth Banks at Universal, Gail Berman and Matt Reeves at Fox, Benh Zeitlin at Fox Searchlight and Brigham Taylor at Disney.


Executive Decisions

On-lot deals with ex-execs, led by Amy Pascal, have sent Sony pacts soaring.


Boxing Cat Films

Tim Allen

Infinitum Nihil

Johnny Depp

Mario Iscovich

Junction Ent.


Lucamar Prods.

John DeLuca, Rob Marshall

Mandeville Films

David Hoberman. Todd Lieberman

Mayhem Pictures

Gordon Gray

Secret Machine

Justin Springer

Taylor Made Film Prods.*

Brigham Taylor

Whitaker Ent.

Jim Whitaker


Bad Hat Harry Prods.

Bryan Singer

Boom! Studios

Ross Richie. Stephen Christy

Chemin Ent.

Peter Chemin

Davis Ent.

John Davis

DreamWorks Animation

(distribution only)

Epic Magazine

Josh Bearman, Josh Davis


Paul Feig

Film Rites

Steve Zaillian


Scott Frank

Genre Films

Simon Kinberg

Hutch Parker Ent.

Hutch Parker


AndySerkis, Jonathan Cavendish


James Cameron

New Regency

Arnon Milchan (equity partner with all Fox divisions)

R&G Prods.

Steve Tzirlin

Red Hour Films

Ben Stiller

Carlos Saldanha

Scott Free

Ridley Scott

6th & Idaho*

Matt Reeves

Temple Hill Ent.

Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

21 Laps

Shawn Levy

Walden Media


FOX 2000

Color Force*

Nina Jacobson

The Jackal Group*

Gail Berman

State Street Pictures*

George L. Tillman Jr., Robert Teitel

Sunswept Entertainment

Karen Rosenfelt


Court 13*

Benh Zeitlin

Decibel Films

Danny Boyle


Bad Robot

J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk

Broadway Video

Lome Michaels

Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Jerry Bruckheimer

Ian Bryce Prods.

Ian Bryce

Di Bonaventura Pictures

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Disruption Ent.

Mary Parent

Robert Evans Co.

Robert Evans

Four by Two Films

Sacha Baron Cohen, ToddSchulman

Hello Junior

Johnny Knoxville

Henceforth Pictures

William Monahan

Platinum Dunes

Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form

Sikelia Prods. …

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