3 Arts taps Henson exec

Pic prod'n head Allain brings 'creative edge' to film co.

NEW YORK — Stephanie Allain, former president of production at Jim Henson Pictures, has been hired to head motion picture production for 3 Arts Entertainment.

Allain is best known for spending eight years as an exec at Columbia, where she became one of the most prominent black execs in the film business by integrating young filmmakers John Singleton and Robert Rodriguez into the studio system. Films she supervised included “Boyz N the Hood,” “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning” and “The Craft.”

The appointment was made by 3 Arts co-founders Erwin Stoff, Howard Klein and Michael Rotenberg.

3 Arts is ramping up production under a two-year first-look deal at Fox. Allain, whom Stoff hailed for “a creative edge and savvy that fits perfectly with our vision of our company’s future,” will be expected to help make the company more proactive on the producing end. “My job is to make movies with an amazing hotbed of talent,” said Allain.

The management/production company, which reps the likes of Keanu Reeves, Chris Rock, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Forest Whitaker, Mike Judge, John Leguizamo and Cuba Gooding Jr., served producing capacities on “The Matrix,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” as well as the upcoming Chris Rock pic “I Was Made to Love Her” for Paramount and the Keanu Reeves starrers “The Replacements” and “Sweet November.” 3 Arts is exec producing “Double Take” for Disney, with Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin starring.

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