Fisher ankles Sony position

Exec jumping into Red Wagon

After four years with the studio, Lucy Fisher is ankling her post as vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The 25-year motion picture veteran — who’d previously turned down the chairmanship of Sony Pictures Entertainment — explained that she simply wanted “to get closer to making the movies.”

To that end she will enter into a partnership with her husband of 14 years, the Columbia-based producer Doug Wick and his Red Wagon Prods., at the start of next year.

Fisher had joined the studio in March 1996, having previously served as exec veepee of production at Warner Bros. for 14 years.

While at Sony, she aided in the production and supervision of hit pics like “Jerry Maguire,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Men in Black” and “Air Force One.”

Fisher was also responsible for making Jack Nicholson’s deal a reality on “As Good as It Gets,” and fought to keep the pic out of turnaround. It went on to gross $300 million worldwide.

She also hired “GoldenEye” helmer Martin Campbell to save “The Mask of Zorro” from a similar turnaround fate. That pic subsequently grossed over $250 million worldwide.

“We’ve always wanted to produce together, but we didn’t, because we feared it would destroy our marriage,” joked Fisher, adding that having worked closely and well with Wick on Sony productions “Stuart Little” and “Girl, Interrupted,” she was eager for more.

Red Wagon will produce Spielberg’s “Memoirs of a Geisha” and the upcoming Sony release of “The Hollow Man” from helmer Paul Verhoeven.

“Lucy is a consummate executive and she will be an amazing producer,” SPE chairman John Calley said. “Individually, she and Doug have proven that their taste and tenacity are unparalleled.”

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