In a series of moves designed to streamline the company’s operations, 12-year-old Sandollar Prods. is combining its film and TV divisions, dropping its longtime TV prexy Gail Berman into an advisory capacity and teaming Abby Wolf and Scott Immergut to co-head the merged production units.
Additionally, Sandollar has re-upped its first-look deal with Disney for all Sandollar theatricals, with Disney retaining its exclusive on the company’s TV projects. Specific terms were not available.
Wolf, senior VP for Sandollar TV the past eight months, and Immergut, prez of Sandollar Feature Films since August ’95, will serve as co-presidents of the two divisions. With the promotions, the pair will oversee all TV and motion picture development and production.
Berman, executive producer of the company’s WB network series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” relinquishes her Sandollar TV presidency title and duties after six years on the job. She will stay on as an advisor for both Sandollar Prods and Gallin/Morey Management with Sandollar co-founder Sandy Gallin. She will also continue on as exec producer of “Buffy,” which enters its second season this fall.
Under the new deal with Disney, Sandollar has several projects in development and production. On the film side, a third “Father of the Bride” theatrical is in development along with the romantic comedy “At Last” from scribe Jon Favreau. And writer Robin Schiff (“Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion”) has been signed to develop “Bruno the Big Baby.”
In TV, Sandollar is wrapping production on “Tourist Trap,” a made-for-TV installment of ABC’s “Wonderful World of Disney” series starring Daniel Stern, Julie Hagerty and Paul Giametti from director Richard Benjamin.
Sandollar also has in development — in conjunction with Jim Henson Prods. — the feature “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” (distributed by Columbia Pictures), as well the HBO Original film “Holding Out.”
Said Sandollar founding partners Gallin and Dolly Parton: “All of these new ventures and promotions will dramatically increase the synergy within the company.”