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Tauber, Horberg draw top posts at Kimmel

Duo fills out indie shingle's top spots

NEW YORK — Beefing up its top ranks, Sidney Kimmel’s indie production company has named film exec Jim Tauber to the post of president and tapped veteran producer William Horberg to serve as president of production.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment founder and chair Sidney Kimmel said the simultaneous hires were a “huge leap forward for our company,” pointing to Horberg’s “enormous creative background” and Tauber’s experience working in both the indie and studio worlds.

Move comes not long after SKE –with bicoastal headquarters in Gotham and L.A. — hired former Miramax exec Mark Lindsay to launch and run a new international sales unit.

Horberg will lead SKE’s creative efforts; Tauber, all other divisions. Each will report directly to Kimmel in helping to grow the production company, formed last October.

Horberg’s arrival at SKE ends the question of what he would do now that his Wonderland Films has exited the DreamWorks lot. He ran the production shingle with producer Rebecca Yeldham.

Prior to Wonderland, Horberg was a longtime producer at Sydney Pollack’s production company, Mirage Enterprises. There, he produced features including “Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Quiet American,” “Sliding Doors” and “Searching for Bobby Fischer.” He also worked on Mirage TV projects.

Horberg also spent more than four years as senior VP of production at Paramount, overseeing pics including “Ghost” and “The Firm.”

Most recently, Tauber spent three years at 20th Century Fox, where he served as exec VP of acquisitions and co-productions, working with all divisions of the studio.

Before that, Tauber helped found and served as prexy-chief operating officer of multimedia company Anonymous Content. He arrived at Anonymous from Propaganda Films, where he also served as prexy-COO, producing 30 features, including “Wild at Heart,” “Madonna: Truth or Dare” and “Being John Malkovich.”

While at Propaganda, Tauber helped launch the theatrical distrib company Gramercy for Polygram. Before that, he was VP of acquisitions and business/legal affairs at Columbia TriStar Pictures, responsible for structuring and negotiating all homevid, television and theatrical acquisitions and sales agreements, as well as the production of 50 features, including “sex, lies and videotape,” “Gas Food Lodging” and “The Waterdance.”

SKE’s mandate is to produce 10 films annually. Recently completed pics include Joshua Michael Stern’s directorial debut “Neverwas,” Bart Freundlich’s “Trust the Man” and Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog,” while production has begun on Agnieszka Holland’s “Copying Beethoven,” starring Ed Harris and Diane Kruger.

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