Group may launch film distrib

Artists Management Group has entered into talks with former New Line Cinema exec Mitch Goldman to head up the 2-month-old firm’s evolving marketing and distribution activities.

AMG sources confirmed that the company was talking to Goldman, but the insiders provided little information regarding what activities Goldman would be expected to oversee.

When contacted, Goldman said only that he is in talks with a number of entertainment companies about potential positions.

Rumors have circulated for months that AMG — formed in January by Michael Ovitz, Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn — was interested in building a distribution arm to release and market its films, but the company has not been forthcoming with exact plans. AMG also recently added Warner Bros. development exec David Brewington to its management staff. Brewington started at AMG on March 1, and will be overseeing the careers of writers and directors.

It’s unclear whether AMG would actually distribute the films it packages or whether the management-production banner would seek an output deal with a major distributor. But with several majors cutting back on their production output, any number of studios could service AMG’s distribution needs.

Goldman created New Line’s inhouse theatrical distribution division after joining the company in 1983. He ankled his post as president of marketing and distribution in January.

The move comes as the company is ramping up its production activities. AMG is in talks with Paramount to set up Tom Clancy’s current bestseller “Rainbow Six,” which Clancy — an AMG client — and Ovitz would likely produce.

Based on Clancy’s long-standing but stormy relationship with Paramount, which made “Clear and Present Danger,” “Patriot Games” and “The Hunt for Red October,” the studio has first dibs on movie rights to the author’s novels. “Rainbow” focuses on John Clark, a covert agent who has left the CIA to create a U.K.-based organization whose mission is to deploy an international group of elite operatives to attack terrorism.

Sources said AMG is in talks with Jonathan Hensleigh (“Armageddon”) — who is repped by Endeavor — to pen the screenplay.

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