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Canuck Sapphire Ent. puts down L.A. roots

Gadsby takes post as director of development for prodco

Sandi Richter’s producing outfit Sapphire Entertainment has opened an L.A. office and appointed Carrie Gadsby as director of development.

Vancouver-based Richter plans to offer Sapphire as a full-service production company, able to take advantage of Canadian and British Columbian tax-credit programs and government incentives offered to Canuck producers.

L.A.-based Gadsby will oversee development of Sapphire’s feature slate. Its projects include the romantic comedy “All the Wrong Places,” written by Lisa Beth Kovetz; the action thriller “The Chameleon Project,” written by Michael Rhodes; and the espionage thriller “Cut-Out,” which scribe Robert Garland (“No Way Out”) is in talks to adapt.

“As a BC company,” Richter said, “we are able to service American productions, passing along not only the tax and foreign-exchange savings but also the benefits of our relationships with local talent, unions and suppliers.”Richter’s producing credits include the actioner “Man with a Gun,” starring Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tilly and Gary Busey.

Gadsby previously served as a development exec at Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment. Prior to that, she was director of development and acquisitions for Vancouver-based North American Releasing.

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