Exec exits Mutual for Douglas' company
Allison Segan is leaving her post as prexy of production at Mutual Film Co. to produce pics for Michael Douglas’ nascent Universal-based entity, Furthur Films.Segan, who has worked with Mutual principal and “Speed” producer Mark Gordon for seven years, joins Furthur immediately. Furthur, which is based on the U lot and has an office in New York, has a first-look production deal with the studio. Segan’s deal was announced despite earlier reports that Douglas was in talks to partner with Katie Jacobs, who had been a producer on Fox lot. Furthur has not announced any projects to date. However, Douglas is attached to produce the thriller “The Allegation,” with Steven Reuther’s Warner-based Bel Air Entertainment and the U.K.’s Samuelson Prods.; and the Paramount Pictures thriller “Extreme Denial,” also with former partner Reuther. At Mutual, Segan championed projects such as DreamWorks/Paramount’s WWII film “Saving Private Ryan,” which she helped to develop. Pic, which will be released July 24, is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks. She also was instrumental in bringing in Robert Zemeckis’ “Intervention,” which Mutual is producing for Warner Bros. Together with Gordon and his Mutual partner Gary Levinsohn, Segan produced the DreamWorks kidpic “Paulie.” She executive produced Mutual’s thriller “Hard Rain,” which starred Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman. She also worked on several of Gordon’s pics prior to the formation of Mutual, including “Speed” and “Broken Arrow.” Segan has a solid track record as a production exec, and her loss will be felt at Mutual. The company is undergoing a period of consolidation, following the departure of two other senior executives over the last six weeks: chief operating officer Robert Lazarus and head of business affairs Robert Leger.