Team Barry taps exec

Biz vet Andoscia joins Disney-based producers

Caroline Andoscia, former prexy of Lynda Obst Prods., has joined the nascent Barry Josephson/Barry Sonnenfeld production team at Disney, the studio announced Wednesday.

Andoscia will oversee all aspects of feature pic development for the company, which is borrowing a page from DreamWorks with its no-title mandate for its execs.

The two Barrys will hire at least one more VP-level staffer, a creative exec and a story department staff.

Andoscia will be the senior exec, responsible for developing features, acquiring books and working with scribes on projects. She will be based in the Disney Studios in Burbank.

Andoscia, a seven-year veteran of show business, said she was thrilled to be part of a startup company.

“You’re working with a clean slate, and you can build from the beginning,” she said. “I have no doubt the pairing of the Barrys’ talents will create an inspired creative atmosphere for filmmaking.”

Josephson was equally excited about working with her. “She has such terrific skills as a development executive and great taste in material. She’s also very aggressive. And she has great relationships with the New York publishing world.”

Andoscia worked for Obst for a year as prexy of that unit, developing the novel “Animal Husbandry.” Before that, she worked as an exec for Larry Gordon Prods., setting up “K-pax,” “The Horse Latitudes” and “Joe DiMaggio.”

From 1992-94, Andoscia served producer Scott Rudin as director and then VP of development. She brought in such projects as “Nobody’s Fool,” “The Truman Show” and the bestselling novel “The Alienist.”

Sonnenfeld called Andoscia a “great addition” to the company.

The company, according to its deal with Disney, will produce projects for the Mouse, two of which will be helmed by Sonnenfeld.

Josephson, the former prexy of production at Columbia Pictures, teamed up with director Sonnenfeld after the pair put together “Men in Black,” the blockbuster that has grossed Sony Pictures Entertainment more than $200 million to date.

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