Levinsohn, Gordon team up in Par pic prod’n pact

“Speed” producer Mark Gordon’s company is merging with Gary Levinsohn’s Classico Entertainment to form a new film production and financing company to be based at Paramount.

The partnership, as yet unnamed, has a three-year first-look deal with Paramount, but also will pursue co-production finance from international partners.

The Mark Gordon Co. is based at Fox, but that deal expires at year’s end.

Levinsohn, a native South African based in L.A., specializes in raising international finance for Hollywood movies. Most recently, he put together the deal between Dawn Steel’s Atlas Entertainment and a consortium of European entertainment companies, which has so far resulted in “Angus” and Terry Gilliam’s “12 Monkeys.”

Gordon and Levinsohn’s new partner ship thus combines a producer with a track record of developing and producing successful big-budget movies with a financier who knows how to bring foreign broadcasters and indie distributors into the Hollywood equation.

It is anticipated that many of the films produced by the company will involve international partners. “Since Paramount’s acquisition by Viacom, the studio has been much more into split-rights deals,” Par production president John Goldwyn said.

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