Laura Ziskin has inked a three-year, non-exclusive production deal with Columbia Pictures.
Ziskin had previously served as prexy of Fox 2000 Pictures, a position she had held since October 1994. While there, she was responsible for developing and releasing pics like “Courage Under Fire,” “Volcano” and “The Thin Red Line.”
But her division also struggled, this year in particular, to hit paydirt. Despite lower-budget, modest hits such as “Never Been Kissed” and “Anywhere But Here,” Fox 2000’s 1999 offerings — including “Pushing Tin,” “Ravenous,” “Lake Placid,” “Fight Club” and “Brokedown Palace” — were mostly B.O. disappointments.
Columbia Pictures prexy Amy Pascal welcomed Ziskin’s return to the Col shingle “where she can continue to produce the kind of outstanding films she is known for here at Sony.”
Ziskin exec produced the romantic comedy “As Good as It Gets” for Sony, with her other Sony producing credits including “To Die For.”
She also lists “Pretty Woman,” “What About Bob” and “No Way Out” among her producing credits.
She will establish her production offices at the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot in January.