Schindler tapped to top Shoelace

One-time Scorsese partner gets three-year deal

Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios and Julia Roberts’ Shoelace Entertainment have jointly hired vet producer Deborah Schindler as prexy of Gotham-based Shoelace.

In her new role, Schindler will serve as Roberts’ producing partner and also have the opportunity to bring in and produce projects directly for Revolution — or to take them elsewhere.

Under the three-year deal, Schindler will fold her existing Gotham-based Deborah Schindler Prods. shingle into Shoelace effective Oct. 15.

“One of the things that was so compelling about getting involved with this venture was not only working with Julia — which to me has unlimited possibilities — but the chance to do it in consort with Revolution,” Schindler said. “I’m a huge fan of Joe Roth, and I am honored to work with him and his team,” she added.

“I have known Deborah since she worked with (Martin) Scorsese in the 1970s,” said Roth, who brought Schindler and her then-producing partner Ezra Swerdlow to Fox in 1990. “I am now ecstatic to work with her again.”

Fox success

At Fox, Schindler produced “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and, along with Swerdlow, “Waiting to Exhale,” both based on bestselling novels by Terry Macmillan.

Prior to her 10-year first-look deal at Fox, Schindler served as veep of East Coast creative affairs for Columbia Pictures under David Puttnam (“Midnight Express”). During Dawn Steel’s tenure as prexy of Columbia, Schindler was a producer and development exec overseeing production deals for Matthew Broderick and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Later, she was associate producer of Fox’s “Prelude to a Kiss.”

Schindler began her career as an assistant to Scorsese.

Schindler has been developing six book adaptations at Fox, including “Zero Hour” in co-production with Blue Tulip, which Tony and Joe Gayton are adapting from the Joseph Finder novel; and “The Falconer,” based on Elaine McCarthy’s first novel, which Lisa Loomer (“Girl, Interrupted”) is adapting and Forest Whitaker is attached to direct.

Schindler is also moving forward with “Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend,” based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller, with a script by Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and with Fina Torres (“Woman on Top”) attached to helm.

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