Former Paramount creative execs David Solomon and Michael Hackett have formed a new feature production company under producer John Davis’ 20th Century Fox-based Davis Entertainment banner.
Under the one-year, first-look deal, Solomon-Hackett Prods. will develop projects for Davis, which has a housekeeping deal at Fox.
According to Hackett the pair will focus primarily on the same types of projects they worked on at Paramount, which included high-concept comedies and action films.
“I try to find really aggressive, smart young people who want to be producers,” said Davis, whose production credits include “The Firm” and “Grumpy Old Men.” “What usually happens is they’re with me three or four years. Every one has gotten their movie made. Most have gone off to find good deals somewhere else.”
Among the successful production outfits that have cut their teeth under the umbrella of Davis Entertainment are Joseph Singer (“Daylight,” “Courage Under Fire”), Licht-Mueller (“The Cable Guy,” “Waterworld”) and Lord/Weaver.
Hackett was most recently director of creative affairs at Paramount, working on projects including “Braveheart” and “Stark Trek: Generations” as well as the upcoming “The Flood” and “Event Horizon.” He joined the studio in 1992 as an assistant to senior VP Don Granger.
Solomon joined Par as director of creative affairs in 1995, working on such pictures as “Star Trek: First Contact,” “The Saint” and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.”
Solomon began his career working for director-producer Jonathan Demme. After graduating Yale Law School he practiced at the entertainment firm of Paul, Weiss, for clients including Stephen Sondheim, Walter Yetnikoff and Scott Rudin.