Cathy Konrad has ankled her post as VP of production at Norman Jewison’s Yorktown Prods. to become president at Woods Entertainment.
Former Weintraub Entertainment and Tribeca production executive Gail Baigleman has been named to replace Konrad as president of WB-based Yorktown.
The 30-year-old Konrad becomes the top executive under producer Cary Woods (“Rudy,””So I Married an Ax Murderer” and “Just in Time”) at Woods Entertainment. The company is close to an agreement with Hollywood Pictures and Miramax Films to develop and produce pictures for the two Walt Disney Studios labels.
Konrad will be responsible for all operational aspects of thecompany, including finance, acquisitions and story development. Under terms of Konrad’s deal, she will also be involved in producing movies at Woods Entertainment.
“We’d like to do a couple of small movies as well as a couple of typical big-budget studio films,” said Woods, who confirmed Konrad’s appointment. “Cathy aligned herself with new writers and new directors during her time at Yorktown, and there’s no question that she has a tremendous background with the top tier of talent in the business.”
The connection between Woods and Konrad was as a result of the TriStar Pictures project “Just in Time,” which was directed by Jewison and stars Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
A producer on the coming summer release, Woods said Konrad was instrumental in the $ 1 million spec script acquisition and subsequent Jewison involvement as director.
Wood said “Just in Time” led to his conviction that Konrad was the right person to run the new company.
A Yorktown executive for the last 3 1/2 years, Konrad pushed the company beyond its exclusive focus on developing directing vehicles for Jewison into projects earmarked for emerging filmmakers, other established directors and experimental works.
Konrad was central in the experimental Showtime/SkyVision venture “The Painted Word,” TriStar’s “Whistleblower,” and an adaptation of playwright Lynda Barry’s “The Good Times Are Killing Me” being co-produced by Allyn Stewart.
She also was involved in novelist Barbara Raskin’s “Current Affairs,” director Helen Whitney’s HBO project “Black, White and Blue,” Columbia Pictures’ turnaround acquisition of screenwriter Alvin Sargent’s rewrite of Jeff Rothberg’s “Bogus,” and screenwriter Tom Serchio’s “Atlantic Avenue,” which is set up at Warner Bros. with Jewison attached to direct.
Prior to joining Yorktown, Konrad worked under Kathleen Kennedy as an executive at Amblin Entertainment, served a stint at Wilshire Court Prods. in the late 1980s, and worked in various production capacities on such pix as “Suspect,””Hamburger Hill” and “Zelly and Me.”