Ronna Wallace, who ankled Live Entertainment several weeks ago, has taken over as senior veepee of acquisitions of Samuel Goldwyn Co.
Wallace, who comes to Goldwyn with a resume thick with innovative independent flix, will oversee the company’s worldwide acquisitions operations and be involved in the company’s production and co-production ventures as well.
As a senior veepee of production and acquisitions at Live, Wallace was involved as an exec producer on a number of indie pix, including Tim Robbins’ “Bob Roberts,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and Abel Ferrara’s “Bad Lieutenant.” She also was key in picking up “The Crying Game,””The Piano” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” among others for Live’s homevid distibution.
“She’s a heavyweight,” said Tom Rothman, Goldwyn’s worldwide production prexy. “If you look at a lot of the big, exciting independent pictures that came out in the last few years, if we weren’t involved, she was.”
The job opened last month, when Howard Cohen left to become veepee of programming development at Turner Network Television. With Goldwyn’s efforts to boost its distribution, the job has expanded, Rothman said. Goldwyn currently has 15 pix slated for 1994 release.
Though Goldwyn has released a number of provocative films, such as “Wild at Heart” and the upcoming “Go Fish,” it is often thought of as a producer of such highbrow fare as “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Summer House.” Wallace said part of her job will be to bring more of those edgy films to Goldwyn.
“It’s interesting that you’re getting a lot of people going to arthouses to see movieslike ‘Bad Lieutenant’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs”‘ Wallace said.