Obst taps Hoffman exec VP

Ex-Miracle co-prexy to purchase projects, o'see development

Greg Hoffman has been appointed executive VP of production for Lynda Obst’s Paramount-based shingle.

Hoffman, reporting to Obst, will be involved with development, production and the packaging of projects for Obst Prods. Thia Montroy, recently appointed VP of development (Daily Variety, Feb. 2), will report to Hoffman.

Hoffman most recently was co-president of production for Miracle Entertainment. He resigned that post at the end of last year (Daily Variety, Dec.10).

“I am thrilled and privileged to have recruited someone of Greg Hoffman’s enormous talent, training and skills to this critical position at my company,” Obst said. “He will be buying new material (and) driving development on all our projects, as well as working closely with me in packaging and producing our films. This will allow me to increase both the depth and breadth of our development as well as substantially increasing our output.”

Working with ‘Abandon’

Obst is in pre-production on Steven Gaghan’s directorial debut, “Abandon,” being produced with Ed Zwick and starring Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt. Shooting starts April 19 in Montreal.

“Lynda has incredible taste and is always surrounded by the highest level of creative talent,” Hoffman said. “I couldn’t think of a better person to learn from and work with as I transition from the studio to the production side of the business.”

Hoffman, formally senior VP of production at Disney, oversaw the production of such features as “George of the Jungle,” “101 Dalmatians” and “Inspector Gadget,” as well as overseeing the development of “102 Dalmatians” and “The Rookie,” the latter written by Mike Rich (“Finding Forrester”).

Under the Touchstone banner, Hoffman oversaw the action-comedy “Double Take” and was responsible for “Corky Romano,” starring SNL’s Chris Kattan, due to be released later this year. Before joining Disney in 1993, Hoffman was VP of creative affairs for indie production company Dayjob Films, based at Universal. He began his career in 1987 with indie production company PRO FilmWorks.

Obst inked an exclusive three-year joint production deal with Par and Lakeshore Entertainment in January 1999. Under the agreement, Paramount finances and distributes Obst’s bigger-budgeted, star-driven pics, while Lakeshore handles her under-$10 million, niche-oriented projects.

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