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Clooney, Soderbergh moving away from producing

It’s all but official: George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh will shutter their Warners-based production shingle, Section Eight, sometime around the end of the year.

Soderbergh and Clooney aren’t the types to put out an official press release announcing their intent, but the signs are everywhere. Late last week, longtime Section Eight co-prexy Ben Cosgrove departed to become a senior VP at Paramount. Cosgrove joined up with Clooney years ago at Maysville Pictures, the Warners-based production shingle Clooney ran before opening Section Eight in early 2000 with Soderbergh.

In a recent interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Soderbergh said he wanted to focus on directing and he and Clooney wouldn’t keep Section Eight going.

Clooney is said to put acting and directing at the top of his to-do list, not producing.

The two aren’t expected to stay together in any formal fashion. With Cosgrove’s exit, co-prexy Jennifer Fox will oversee Section Eight projects still in the pipeline.

It’s certainly nice to go out with a bang –Section Eight’s “Good Night, and Good Luck.” and “Syriana” have picked up eight Oscar noms between them.

The number eight turned out to be luckier than either Soderbergh or Clooney could have guessed.

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