Ex-agent now a developer

Former CAA agent Joe Rosenberg has joined Radar Pictures as a senior executive.

Rosenberg, who represented such A-list directors as Tony and Ridley Scott, Michael Bay and David Fincher at CAA, will now report to Radar Pictures prexy Scott Kroopf and work closely with longtime senior execs Erica Huggins and Tom Engelman in developing and packaging Radar’s expanding slate of projects.

Hire is significant for Radar, which will now have access to Rosenberg’s extensive talent relationships and filmmaker expertise as it beefs up its film production activities. Company has been busy in the past few months putting together strategic co-financing and distribution partnerships to finance its burgeoning slate with leading distributors in Germany, Spain and Scandinavia.

Platinum alliance

Radar, which launched in fall 2000, recently joined forces with former Rosenberg client Bay to create a new film company, Platinum Dunes, devoted to producing lower-budgeted commercial films. Alliance, which pairs Bay’s visionary commercial instincts with Radar’s producing might, will produce projects with Platinum Dunes heads Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

“I worked with Joe for many years during his tenure at CAA,” said Bay. “I share his excitement for his new role at Radar, and I look forward to the chance to work with him again.”

Kroopf said: “Joe is an outstanding addition to our team. He helps bolster our ability to find new projects and put movies together, due to long-standing relationships in the community, as Radar ramps up production of both independent and studio films. Joe’s a consummate professional, and his energy and passion for this new chapter of his career are boundless.”

Known for tenacity

“Joe has an uncanny knack for always eliciting interesting material,” said Tony Scott. “His people skills, his closing on material and his tenacity are unbeatable.”

“Joe’s tenacious, intelligent and creative: all qualities that are sure to help make him a successful producer. We look forward to working with Joe in his new role at Radar,” said CAA prexy Richard Lovett.

Prior to CAA, Rosenberg was an agent at ICM and Triad Artists.

Radar is currently in post-production on the psychological thriller “They,” set for release by Dimension next summer. Following “They,” the company is in pre-production on two pics to start filming in the first half of 2002. “Le Divorce,” with Merchant-Ivory, will shoot in Paris for Fox Searchlight, and “The Chronicles of Riddick,” with Vin Diesel set to reprise his starring role in “Pitch Black,” is now in pre-production at Universal for a spring start.

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