Vets Klein, Messick make Mutual pact

Duo will join as senior production execs

HOLLYWOOD — Bay Films VP Jennifer Klein and indie producer Kevin Messick will join Paramount Pictures-based production and financing shingle Mutual Film Co. as senior production execs later this year.

Bay and Messick will be responsible for identifying and securing projects for the company to produce and finance, as well as for overseeing their development and production. They will report to Mutual partners Gary Levinsohn and Don Granger.

Klein, who helped launch Bay Films in 1996, most recently served as associate producer on “Pearl Harbor,” overseeing all aspects of production. She’s also developing the black comedy “The Gory Details” for Disney and oversaw Bay Films’ first foray into television, the Fox one-hour drama “Quantico.” She was a production associate on Bay’s 1998 “Armageddon.”

Prior to Bay Films, Klein worked in production at Columbia Pictures, where she participated in such projects as the Michael Bay-helmed “Bad Boys.”

Messick, whose producing credits include the Hughes brothers’ documentary “American Pimp,” is attached to produce a number of projects, including “The Confessions of William Henry Ireland” at Miramax Films, “My Best Friend’s Girlfriend” at Fox Searchlight and “Avengelyne” at New Line Cinema.

Messick will segue to Mutual after his overall agreement with Fox Television Pictures, where he has been developing original movies and series, expires at the end of the year. He has also held posts as president of the Hughes brothers’ Underworld Entertainment at Universal Pictures and president of Joel Schumacher Productions at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Mutual has produced and co-financed projects such as “Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie, “Wonder Boys,” directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Michael Douglas and “A Simple Plan,” directed by Sam Raimi and starring Billy Bob Thornton.

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