Former agent signs overall producing deal
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas has made a multiyear overall producing deal at MGM. The former agent had been a partner at Revolution Studios for the past seven years.
Though MGM’s Harry Sloan and Rick Sands hatched a joint venture with Salma Hayek and put Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner at the helm of United Artists, this pact marks one of the few traditional production deals the relaunched MGM has made with a producer. For Goldsmith-Thomas, that vacuum provided an opportunity to make two films a year.
Goldsmith-Thomas became a producer after a long run as an agent at ICM, where she represented the likes of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Connelly, Darren Star, Matt Dillon, Spike Lee and Rupert Everett.
After moving to New York and being named Revolution partner by Joe Roth in 2000, she developed and produced such films as “Maid in Manhattan,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “Little Black Book” and, most recently, the Bruce Willis-Halle Berry starrer “Perfect Stranger.” She developed numerous other properties and will bring some of them to MGM, though the particulars on specific projects are still being worked out.
Goldsmith-Thomas is in production with HBO Films and Picturehouse on “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery,” a live-action film based on the American Girl line of dolls, with Abigail Breslin starring.
In making the move, Goldsmith-Thomas has hired Ian Mohr and Jared Mass as VPs of development. Mohr will leave Daily Variety, where he spent the past three years and covered box office and independent film. Mass comes from Walden Media, where he oversaw the development of such films as the Natalie Portman starrer “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.” Mohr will be based in New York with Goldsmith-Thomas, while Mass will be in Los Angeles. Both will work alongside VP of development Marisa Yeres.
“Elaine is one of those unique forces in the film business that has seen success as a producer, executive and talent representative, and we look to her to bring all of her vast knowledge and experience, as well as her relationships with Hollywood’s top talent, to projects for MGM,” said Rick Sands, chief operating officer for the Lion.
“Being in partnership with MGM opens the door to a multitude of opportunities,” Goldsmith-Thomas said. “In addition to feature film projects, MGM has opened the door for the potential development of original material across multiple platforms as well.”