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Prod’n pair head to Par

Hamilton will be involved in acquisition, development

Paramount Classics has tapped Chad Hamilton veep of production under newly installed prexy John Lesher. Meanwhile, Par Classics’ parent studio has confirmed that Marty Cohen has joined Par as head of post-production activities (Daily Variety, Jan. 11).

Hamilton will be involved in the acquisition and development of material, reporting to newly named exec veep of production and acquisitions Amy Israel.

“Chad’s an excellent addition to our production team — he has a great reputation, strong relationships and a knack for finding unique and exciting material,” said Israel.

Hamilton comes to Par Classics from management and production shingle Anonymous Content, where he has served as VP of production since 2001. He is currently developing projects for Anonymous, including an adaptation of William Gibson’s novel “Pattern Recognition,” to be directed by Peter Weir for Warner Bros., and “Dead I Well May Be,” to be adapted and directed by John Lee Hancock for Universal. He will continue to serve as executive producer on the two projects.

Cohen joins Par from DreamWorks, where he also headed up that studio’s post-production division. He had been in the post since DreamWorks’ inception in 1994. During his tenure, he oversaw post-production on every DreamWorks live-action release.

At Par, Cohen reports to prexy of feature production Mark Bakshi. He replaces Paul Haggar, who retired last year. Cohen is charged with overseeing all aspects of post-production, including editorials, visual effects, sound design, digital intermediates and piracy protection.

“Marty’s worked with the best filmmakers, and his knowledge of cutting-edge technologies will strengthen our ongoing efforts to protect Paramount’s intellectual property around the world,” Bakshi said.

Before Cohen headed the department at DreamWorks, he was head of post operations at Amblin Entertainment, where he worked for seven years. During his time there, he worked on such pics as “Schindler’s List,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and two “Back to the Future” installments. Cohen started his career in 1978 as a P.A. for Ralph Bakshi Prods.

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