MIREILLE SORIA has left her job as VP of production at the Walt Disney Co. to ink an exclusive, three-year producing deal with Fox Family Films.
This is the first deal with a producer that Family Films prexy Chris Meledandri has made since taking over last fall.
The pact is unusual in that few studio production veepees have made the jump to the producing ranks. Soria was pursued by several other studios and production entities.
Disney recently let Soria out of her five-year contract eight months before it was due to expire. She is slated to move to offices on the Fox lot Sept. 18, where she will focus on producing live-action features.
Meledandri and Soria worked together on the 1933 Disney film “Cool Runnings,” which Meledandri exec produced and Soria worked on as an executive. During her four-plus years at Disney, Soria worked on films including the “Mighty Ducks” trilogy and “The Jungle Book.”
Soria’s first project for Family Films has not been determined, although she and Meledandri are in the midst of discussing several possibilities.
BARBARA LANGDON has joined Savoy Pictures as VP of publicity and will head the company’s New York publicity office. She comes to Savoy after three years with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. as VP of East Coast publicity.
Langdon’s exit from Goldwyn marks the third from the publicity department in as many months. Michelle Abbrecht and Stephanie Kluft joined Savoy earlier this summer as senior VP of publicity and VP of publicity, respectively. Langdon replaces Corin Nelson, who exited in June.
Other hires are expected in both the New York and Los Angeles offices.
JOHN (JACK) GARAND has been promoted from VP to senior veepee of planning and control for the Walt Disney Co., responsible for developing the company’s operating profit, cash flow and capital spending plans and internal financial reporting.
He also supervises the company’s internal audit program and corporate purchasing and travel activities. He will continue to report to Stephen Bollenbach, senior executive VP and chief financial officer.
Garand joined Disney in 1992. Before that, he was executive VP and chief financial officer for Morese Show Inc. He held other management positions in the past with Pepsico Inc. and before that had an eight-year stint with Arthur Young & Co.