Saccani turns Mouse eye

Exec launches shingle Cider Mill Prods

Former Universal Pictures production exec Damien Saccani has launched his own production shingle, Cider Mill Prods., and inked a first-look production pact with the Walt Disney Co.

Saccani opened doors on the lot on March 27. At Cider Mill, he’s joined by production veep Bridget Humphrey, who joined Saccani from Barry Josephson’s production shingle. Humphrey was instrumental in a significant spec deal last month in which Fox plunked down $1.75 million to pick up Mark Burton’s spec “They Came From Upstairs.”

Saccani segued to Disney following a four-year tenure at U, most recently serving as VP of production. Prior to that, he spent two years as director of development.

During his U run, Saccani — who worked closely with former production chief Mary Parent — worked on projects including Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead,” Sylvain Chomet’s “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Curious George,” Mike Nichols’ “Charlie Wilson’s War,” David O. Russell’s “The H-Man Cometh” and Billy Ray’s “Breach.”

Saccani has exec producer credits on “Despereaux,” “H-Man,” “Oldboy,” “Out of Time,” “Catch That Kid” and the recently released “Annapolis.” He is attached to produce “Dirty Little Secret” at Paramount, with Matthew McConaughey on board to star.

Exec started his career as a college intern at Disney. Following graduation, he worked as an assistant at CAA before segueing to a job at Endeavor. Then it was back to the Mouse for a job at Touchstone before moving to U.

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