Grunden joins Bickford

Exec had developed 'Samurai,' 'Bodies Electric' DeFina/Cappa Prods.

NEW YORK — Sonja Grunden has been tapped as senior vice president of Universal-based Laura Bickford Prods.

Grunden had most recently headed up the West Coast office of DeFina/Cappa Prods., the shingle run by Barbara DeFina and Martin Scorsese, where Grunden developed such projects as “Seven Samurai” by Josh Friedman and “Bodies Electric” by W.W. Vought.

After producing the Oscar-nominated “Traffic,” Bickford forged a first look deal at Universal, and Grunden will oversee a project slate that includes “The King Incorporated,” a project being adapted and directed by Chris Gerolmo, which Bickford will produce with Steven Soderbergh. Bickford is verging on deals for other dramas and comedies.

“Sonja has great instincts and taste in material, and experience working with writers,” said Bickford. “She is a pleasure to work with and is a real asset to the company.” Grunden began her career as an assistant for Simpson/Bruckheimer and the Jon Peters Co.

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