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ZINMAN REJOINS FRIED

Rich Zinman, a former senior VP of Fried/Woods Films, will rejoin Rob Fried as a producer under the Fried Films banner at Columbia Pictures, the company announced Tuesday.

Zinman will work as a co-producer with Fried on pics as well as bring in his own projects.

He recently set up “Low Lifes,” penned by Jeff Spencer and Allen Zeleski, for Columbia under Fried. He also brought the Darryl Quarles comedy “Black to Africa” to Fox Family.

Other Fried development projects that Zinman may work on include “Coup d’Etat” and “The 739 Club” at TriStar, “Thief of Bagdad” at Universal and “Rose Madder” for HBO. Fried is also attached as a producer on TriStar’s big-ticket “Godzilla.”

“We knew each other for a long time and had always had the plan of building a company,” Zinman said. “We always had a good connection on types of projects, so we thought we would keep it going.”

Fried is in the early stages of his three-year first-look deal with Columbia.

Zinman, who was an associate producer on TriStar’s hit “Rudy,” worked with Fried at the defunct Savoy Pictures as a senior VP of production. There he oversaw such pics as “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” as well other projects that were sold when Savoy dismantled its film division. Pics Zinman has handled include “Firestorm,” which is currently in production at 20th Century Fox, “Combat” at Paramount Pictures, and “Have Gun Will Travel.”

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