Billy Crystal, looking to master his own domain of projects in Hollywood, named Lynne Boyarsky as veepee of production Tuesday for his filmmaking unit Face Prods.
The “City Slickers” star and nascent helmer tabbed Boyarsky to orchestrate his move into greater control over production and development on pix he headlines.
Face, which Crystal previously ran alone, is an indie with a non-exclusive first-look deal with Casing for Billy,” Boyarsky said. “This represents the company’s commitment to exploring the full range of Billy’s many talents by controlling the development and production process at all levels. And whenever Billy is involved, it’s easy to make things happen.”
Boyarsky will be responsible for developing feature and TV projects for Crystal and the company, which has produced “City Slickers,””Mr. Saturday Night” and the upcoming “City Slickers II — The Legend of Curly’s Gold,” and TV specials such as the HBO skein “Sessions.”
Boyarsky said Crystal wanted a bigger profile and greater influence on the production side. She added that Crystal would look for directing projects, but mostly planned to take a production stance with more of his thesp ventures.
Boyarsky joins Face after serving as veep of development at Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises and working on such pix as “Quiz Show,” to be released by Touchstone this spring; “The American President,” a Wildwood/Castle Rock co-production; “King of the Hill”; and “The Education of Little Tree,” helmed by Redford.
She was also involved in the development of the TV pilot of “The Milagro Beanfield War” for ABC. A former creative exec at Columbia Pictures and Disney, she was head of creative affairs at Martin Ransohoff, where she helped develop “Jagged Edge.”