Exec to o'see filmmaking, literary management

HOLLYWOOD — Former Propaganda Management topper Pat Dollard has joined Catch 23 Entertainment as executive vice president. Joining him as C23 managers are two members of his Propaganda team, David Flynn and Keith Redmon.

Manager-producer Dollard, who is the sole rep of Steven Soderbergh, will oversee C23’s filmmaking and literary management. C23’s John Carrabino, whose clients include Renee Zellweger, will continue to oversee talent.

Dollard will also have a substantial discretionary fund to develop projects for C23’s management division and to enhance the shingle’s production slate.

“We are looking to build something very unique for distinctive filmmakers: a complete resource center,” Dollard said. “(This) provides a critical, entrepreneurial edge in a new era. If you’re a filmmaker, it’s no longer just about ‘Get me a job.’ “

Flynn and Redmon will report to Dollard and Barber. Dollard will report to Barber.

In addition to Soderbergh, Dollard brings Agnieszka Holland (“Washington Square”) and emerging filmmakers like Kasia Adamik, David Von Ancken, Kevin Kerslake, Goetz & Goode (the directing trio of Michael Goode, Michael Goetz and Kevin Goetz) and Marcel Langenegger.

Carrabino continues to expand the talent side of the management division with the recent signing of Jennifer Esposito. She stars in the upcoming “Welcome to Collinwood,” which was produced by Soderbergh’s Section 8.

Prior to joining C23, Dollard exec produced “Bark,” which will premiere in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Adamik, pic stars Lisa Kudrow, Hank Azaria and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Dollard is producing director Paul Schrader’s “Auto Focus,” starring Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe, for Sony Pictures Classics. Prior to that, he produced “Lush,” starring Laura Linney and Campbell Scott, which will be released by Menemsha Entertainment and I5 Films (“The Deep End”).

Dollard is now ramping up his second feature with Schrader, “Those Invited In,” which will be a C23 production. Currently, he is exec producing Holland’s “Julie Walking Home,” starring Miranda Otto.

“I am very proud of the team we continue to assemble here at Catch 23 and have long been a fan of Steven Soderbergh’s work,” said C23 chairman Robert Sturm.

C23 prexy Jeremy Barber said, “I have been looking for a high-level filmmaker/literary manager since I arrived at Catch 23 and am thrilled that Pat and his team have joined John and me here.”

C23’s first feature film release, “One Hour Photo,” stars Robin Williams and will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival followed by a theatrical bow via Fox Searchlight.

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