Imagine ups Whitaker to senior VP of prod’n

Exec began as intern while at USC

NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela.

Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the top to rise through the production ranks. He entered the business by way of craft services on the John Waters film “Hairspray,” after which he became an assistant cameraman on indies and commercials before moving over to documentaries. Whitaker began at Imagine as an intern while attending the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. He was appointed creative executive in 1995 and worked his way up from director of development.

Whitaker was associate producer on the Gus Van Sant-directed “Psycho,” and is working on numerous potential plum projects that include the Imagine-Alphaville co-production “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “The Gelfin,” “Good King Harry,” “The Other Woman” with Shonda Rhimes writing, a bio of “James Brown” being written by Steven Baigelman and “The Bay of Pigs,” which Shane Salerno is scripting.

More Biz

  • Korean Giant to Emerge from CJ

    Korea's CJ Orders up Merger of Media and Shopping Units

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

  • Nicolas Winding Refn, Times Bridge Invest

    Nicolas Winding Refn, India’s Times Bridge Invest in Mubi Streaming Service

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

  • Los Angeles Women's March

    Natalie Portman, Allison Janney, Viola Davis Join Women's March Los Angeles Lineup

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

  • Leron GublerRalph Lawler receives a Star

    Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Announces Retirement

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

  • CBS-Viacom Merger Talk Sows Tension Within

    Revival of CBS-Viacom Merger Talk Sows Tension Within Redstone Empire, Again

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

  • The Pretty Reckless - Taylor MomsenThe

    Concord Completes Acquisition of Razor & Tie, Denies Label Is Shutting Down

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

  • Shari Redstone Power of Women

    Shari Redstone Presses CBS To Consider Board Moves (Report)

    NEW YORK — Imagine vice president Jim Whitaker, who co-produced the hit “Life” and is a key exec on “The Nutty Professor II,” has been promoted to senior vice president of production for Imagine. The appointment was announced by Imagine chairperson Karen Kehela. Whitaker’s appointment is proof that one doesn’t have to start at the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content