Jack Lechner has joined @radical.media as head of its motion picture division. The former Miramax exec veepee of production and development will assume his position at the international commercial production and representation outfit in February.
While @radical has been developing a variety of television and new-media projects, Lechner was quick to declare that in his new post, he would concentrate on making “real movies, where you sit in a theater and eat popcorn. ”
The exec has certainly had a hand in making many of those, having supervised and developed pics such as “Good Will Hunting,” “The Crying Game,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Little Voice.”
Already a producer on New Line’s Jennifer Lopez starrer “The Cell,” while Frank Todaro’s “Above Freezing” was just sold to HBO, @radical.media reps a host of commercial filmmakers who have crossed over into feature filmmaking, among them Tarsem (New Line’s upcoming “The Cell”) and Anthony Hoffman (“Red Planet”). The commercial outfit also reps feature helmers like Terry Gilliam, Lasse Hallstrom and Kathryn Bigelow in their commercial efforts.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for filmmaking. We’ve seen more interesting films in the last 12 months than in a long time,” said Lechner. “It shows that audiences want something fresh, and that’s perfect for @radical.”
Lechner will seek to exploit @radical’s inhouse roster of talent while also ferreting out new talent as well as material for the company to produce.
He is also author of the forthcoming Crown nonfiction book “One Man, Seven Days, Twelve Televisions” — which, true to its name, centers on Lechner’s experiences watching 12 televisions, surfing them 15 hours a day for a week straight.
“Any man who has done that ought to have some thoughts on what television is missing,” said Jon Kamen, @radical’s co-owner, “and so naturally, Jack will also be helping us out in that area, too.”
Lechner’s deal was brokered by attorney John Sloss of the Gotham-based Sloss Law Office.