Kasdan Pix taps prexy, ups projects

Kasdan Pictures, which has a first-look deal with Disney Studios, has named indie producer Linda Goldstein-Knowlton as president, the company confirmed Monday.

Goldstein-Knowlton will work with writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan and his longtime producing partner Charles Okun to develop projects for the company to produce and possibly for Kasdan to helm.

The move indicates an expansion for the company, which was formed in 1991 by Kasdan and his wife, Meg.

“We’re committed to increasing our level of activity in all areas and we want Linda to aggressively facilitate our growth,” Kasdan said.

“While the focus of the company will remain the development of material for me to direct, we expect to raise the number of projects that we’ll be producing.”

Kasdan previously has produced projects he didn’t direct, including “The Bodyguard” and the upcoming “Home Fries.”

Kasdan noted that Disney Studios chairman Joe Roth was supportive of the director’s desire to increase production capacity.

Goldstein-Knowlton said there are no plans to further expand the company at the current time.

Goldstein-Knowlton currently is developing her own projects for several studios, including “The Shipping News” for TriStar Pictures with Lasse Hallstrom attached to direct; “For Love,” with Meryl Streep set to star; “The Big Picture” at Fox 2000; “Soviet Cowboy”; and Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” at Egg Pictures.

“The opportunity to work with Larry was overwhelming,” Goldstein-Knowlton said. “His taste is so in sync with mine. It’s a new challenge. He’s an incredible talent and an even more incredible human being and that combination is pretty rare, but especially rare in Hollywood.”

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