Former Artisan Pictures prexy of development and production — and New Line exec — Richard Saperstein has been named exec veep and head of production for Dimension Films by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Saperstein also will be exec veep of production for the burgeoning Weinstein Co.
He will be based in Los Angeles, reporting directly to Bob Weinstein.
Saperstein takes up the post immediately, and will oversee all creative aspects of production and development on Dimension projects that are slated for release after Sept. 30, when the Weinsteins walk away from corporate parent Disney with the genre label and leave behind the Miramax Films brand they co-founded.
The exec will, however, be free to begin working on current titles being developed and produced by the temporarily named Weinstein Co.
“Richard has had an outstanding track record as a production executive, and I am confident that his talents will be a perfect fit for Dimension,” said Bob Weinstein. “I am certain that he will play a key role in the success of our new venture.”
“I have tremendous respect for Bob and Harvey’s creative vision and commercial instincts,” Saperstein said.
At Artisan, Saperstein oversaw a slate that included “The Punisher” and “Stage Beauty” as well as “Tonight, He Comes,” which Saperstein revived with Akiva Goldsman and Michael Mann. The project eventually moved over to Columbia, where Jonathan Mostow will direct Will Smith in the starring role. Saperstein will exec produce that project, with Goldsman, Mann, Smith and James Lassiter producing.
Before joining Artisan, Saperstein spent nine years at New Line, where he rose to senior exec veep of worldwide production, second in command to production prexy Michael DeLuca during the mini-major’s run of hits that included “Dumb and Dumber,” “Seven,” “Boogie Nights,” “Rush Hour” and “John Q.”
Saperstein began his career at ICM, as a lit agent, repping such clients as Goldsman, Jon Turteltaub and Steven Shainberg.
The Weinstein Co.’s slate includes “Derailed,” “Wolf Creek,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” “Kill Bill: NC-17,” “Breaking and Entering,” “Scary Movie 4,” “Matador,” “Sin City 2,” “Pulse,” “The Passion of the Clerks,” “Come Closer” and Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s collaboration “Grind House.”