Wells’ shingle ups Holstein to sr. VP

Exec runs features division, liaises with Killer Films

Laura Holstein has been tapped as senior VP features for Warner Bros. Pictures-based John Wells Prods.

In addition to her responsibilities in running Wells’ feature division, which recently produced or exec produced the Toronto International Film Festival premieres “The Good Thief,” “White Oleander” and “Far From Heaven,” Holstein will continue to oversee Wells’ New York office.

Holstein serves as Wells’ primary liaison with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler’s Gotham-based Killer Films, in which Wells’ shingle is the primary investor.

Wells executive produces all Killer projects, including the upcoming releases “The Grey Zone” and “Safety of Objects” as well as “Far From Heaven.”

In addition, Killer recently signed a one-year first-look deal with Warners (Daily Variety, Sept. 4). Wells exec produced the Killer pics “Far From Heaven” as well as “One Hour Photo,” now in release.

Wells’ New York outpost also serves as a conduit for book properties, helping Wells option “White Oleander” just before its publication in 1999.

Holstein has worked for Wells for four years, starting as a director of development in Los Angeles before moving to the East Coast to open the New York office. While she is again based in Los Angeles, she will continue to spend about 10 weeks a year in Gotham.

Holstein serves as Wells’ replacement for Kristin Harms, who stepped down from her role as feature prexy last fall to take a production deal with the company.

Holstein oversees a development slate that includes a remake of the German hit “Bandits” and adaptations of the novels “Emperor of Ocean Park,” “The Englishman’s Daughter” and “Two’s Company.” Holstein is also developing “Raveling,” to which Julianne Moore is attached to star and exec produce, and “Hunting Hackers,” based on the Vanity Fair feature by Bryan Burroughs.

Prior to joining Wells, Holstein worked for producers Richard Donner and Lauren Schuler-Donner and at CAA.

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