Durk wades into post at Deep River

Developed 'Free Willy 3,' 'Conspiracy Theory'

NEW YORK — Julie Durk, longtime president of the Donner Co., has taken the post of senior executive and producer at Deep River Prods., the production partnership between David Friendly and Marc Turtletaub.

Deep River was formed last fall when Turtletaub, who sold lending institution the Money Store for nearly $1 billion, ventured into the film business by pairing up with veteran producer David Friendly. Turtletaub staked the company with $25 million in independent financing, and the partners have begun investing in projects, most notably an original screenplay by “Cast Away” scribe Bill Broyles.

On the job

Durk started work at the company Monday. She has developed such Donner-produced films as “Free Willy 3,” “Conspiracy Theory” (which she associate produced), and “You’ve Got Mail,” which she brought to the company and exec produced. In addition to steering Deep River, Durk will also get the opportunity to produce films.

The exec began in publishing at HarperCollins, then worked for indie producer Lewis Chessler and later with director Roland Joffe.

In addition to the Broyles script, Deep River development projects include “Bombers,” an Aline Brosh McKenna-scripted comedy about high-priced divorce attorneys; the Kyle Long-scripted comedy “The Million Dollar Fan”; and “Uncle Ray,” a project comic Steve Harvey will star in and exec produce; and an untitled romantic comedy by Morgan Williams.

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