Coppola taps Reisman Zoetrope prod’n topper

Gotham-based exec to develop TV, film projects

NEW YORK — Francis Ford Coppola has tapped production vet Linda Reisman production head at American Zoetrope.

In her newly created Gotham-based post, Reisman will spearhead the development of the company’s film and TV projects. She will share offices and work closely with the company’s Zoetrope: All-Story magazine.

“I am gratified by the success and acceptance of Zoetrope: All-Story under our Adrienne Brodeur,” Coppola said. “Adding Linda Reisman, with her impressive creative and production credentials, is the second step of my dream of an independent film studio with a true literary foundation.”

Reisman, who began her film career at American Zoetrope in 1983, is best known for producing the Paul Schrader films “Affliction” and “Light Sleeper.” Her latest pic, Keith Gordon’s “Waking the Dead,” will premiere at this month’s Sundance film fest. It will be released by USA Films in March.

American Zoetrope’s current productions include “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Third Miracle” as well as upcoming Paramount Classics pic “The Virgin Suicides,” directed by Sofia Coppola.

With Reisman based in Gotham, Zoetrope will be unique among bicoastal production companies in not having a major Los Angeles presence. Reisman will report directly to the San Francisco-based Coppola.

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