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Manpearl in Wonderland

Exec ankles Sony, becomes development topper

HOLLYWOOD — David Manpearl is walking in a summer Wonderland.

Manpearl has ankled Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures to become director of development for helmer McG’s Col-based Wonderland production banner.

For the past 2½ years, he’d served as the assistant to Col exec VP of production Matt Tolmach.

“We are fired up to bring David aboard,” said McG. “He loves the same big movies we do and knows what it takes to bring them to the screen.”

Wonderland has just wrapped production on the McG-helmed action skein “Fastlane” for Fox Broadcasting, and is in pre-production on the sequel to Col franchise “Charlie’s Angels,” which first brought the musicvid helmer — known to his mother as Joseph McGinty Nichol — to prominence in 2000.

“We’ve been blessed to be busy with production this year,” said Stephanie Savage, McG’s producing partner, “but we are intent on continuing to grow the company, and that means developing a strong slate.”

Manpearl, a former pro tennis player who abandoned a life on the ATP satellite tour for showbiz, had done brief stints at Paramount domestic TV group and Harvey Entertainment before assisting Tolmach at Sony.

“I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Sony, and from Matt Tolmach,” said Manpearl.

Savage praised Manpearl’s “enthusiasm and relationships in the community” as a critical determinant in meeting their development challenge.

Company is developing feature actioner “Air Show” with Simon Kinberg penning the script.

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