Miracle draws vet Mouse exec

Hoffman named co-prexy, to o'see 5 to 10 pix per year

After nearly seven years at the Walt Disney Studios, senior veep of production Gregg Hoffman will ankle the studio and join Miracle Entertainment as co-president of production at Miracle Pictures.

Hoffman will work alongside Miracle Pictures co-prexy Neil Sacker, who was recently appointed senior executive veep of the company. In his new post, Hoffman will oversee production of five to 10 pics a year with budgets ranging from $10 million-$45 million, and will play a vital role in forging new producer relationships for the company.

Hoffman reports directly to Miracle chairman Tony Cataldo and prexy Richard Abramson.

‘Rare opportunity’

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work and learn from such tremendously talented people during my seven-year tenure at Disney, both on the filmmaking and executive side,” Hoffman said. “Miracle Entertainment provides an executive like me a rare and exciting opportunity to build a slate of motion pictures from the ground up.”

“Gregg has an enviable production and development record, and perfectly complements the business acumen of Neil,” said Cataldo and Abramson. “We have ambitious plans for Miracle Entertainment and feel confident that we have found the right man to spearhead our efforts to fully finance and produce commercial films for successful distribution through the major studios.”

Impressive slate

During his tenure at Disney, Hoffman identified, developed and oversaw production of such films as “George of the Jungle,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Inspector Gadget.” Current titles under his aegis include “102 Dalmatians” starring Glenn Close; “Double Take,” written and directed by George Gallo; “Corky Romano,” starring Chris Kattan; and “The Rookie,” to be helmed by John Lee Hancock.

Prior to his tenure at the Mouse House, Hoffman served as veep of creative affairs for Dayjob Films, based at Universal Pictures. He began his film career at PRO FilmWorks, which was backed by the Becker Group.

Miracle Entertainment is a publicly held production and distribution company with plans to domestically distribute its films via the studios, while also putting up its own P&A for them. Foreign rights for Miracle’s pics are handled by Julia Savay Ross, prexy of the company’s international distribution arm.

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