Yari elevates Sacker to COO

Exec will work on strategic planning for multiple divisions

Neil Sacker has been named chief operating officer and general counsel for all entertainment companies headed by producer-financier Bob Yari.

These include Stratus Film Co., Bull’s Eye Entertainment, El Camino Pictures and Bob Yari Prods.

Sacker’s responsibilities include business and legal affairs for these divisions. He will also work with Yari on strategic planning.

Stratus recently entered into a three-year, first-look co-financing and distribution deal with Universal Studios and Focus Features, while Bull’s Eye signed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

Sacker’s previous experience includes four years at Warner Bros. as senior counsel, followed by a stint at Miramax Films, where he worked for more than three years as an exec VP, heading business affairs and reporting to Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein.

The production prexy post vacated by Mark Gill when he left Stratus Films remains open (He left to become prexy at Warner Independent Pictures).

The post will be filled but likely at the exec VP level now that Stratus partner Mark Gordon has taken a more active role in the company. Gordon spent much of this year in Canada, producing 20th Century Fox pic “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Other principals at the Yari companies include Cathy Schulman and Tom Nunan, his partners in Bull’s Eye Entertainment and El Camino Pictures, a film financing entity run by William Morris Independent agents Cassian Elwes and Rena Ronson.

Yari also oversees his own Bob Yari Prods., a non-exclusive discretionary fund through which Yari may invest in films produced by his companies or fund outside productions.

Stratus is in early pre-production on “Hostage,” starring Bruce Willis, while Bull’s Eye is in post on “Thumbsucker” and “Employee of the Month,” both financed through Bob Yari Prods.

El Camino is in post on “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson, and it is shooting “Sueno,” with John Leguizamo.

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