You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Schulman pumps up Mandalay

Krauss named exec VP production

Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures.

From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and be involved with features in development at Universal and Focus Features, where the company has a first-look production deal.

“I think they’re both extremely talented, unique, confident executives that are ready to make pictures that are self-distinguishing and that stand out from the crowd, which is what my whole agenda is,” Schulman told Daily Variety.

Also Adam Stone was upped to director of development. He joined Mandalay a year ago from a position with Industry Entertainment. Longtime Mandalay production executive David Zelon will continue to serve as executive VP, production.

Mandalay has also enlisted Marcy Drogin as a creative consultant, based in New York. Drogin, who served as a top production executive at Michael Douglas’ Furthur Films from 1998-2006, will facilitate material acquisitions and talent relationships coming out of the East Coast.

A highlight of the Mandalay Pictures’ slate at Universal is the remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” scheduled to be in production by early fall.

“We think we have a very contemporary take,” Schulman said. “In the original, the birds just showed up, and it was kind of like, why are the birds here? This time, there’s a reason why they’re here and (people) have had something to do with it. There’s an environmental slant to what could create nature fighting back.”

Mandalay Independent has also assembled several projects with Focus Features including “The Piano Tuner,” based on Daniel Mason’s bestselling novel, and “Evolutions’ Captain,” a sea-faring adventure based on the journeys of Charles Darwin and his mate Captain John Fitzroy.

More Scene

  • Vera Wang

    Vera Wang, Olivia Munn Celebrate American Designers at Variety, WWD and CFDA's Runway to Red Carpet Event

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

  • 'Atlanta' TV show premiere

    'Atlanta Robbin' Season' Will 'Show What Makes the City Tick,' Producer Says

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

  • Mr Chow 50th Anniversary celebration

    Mr. Chow 50th Anniversary Party Draws Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum & More Stars

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

  • Paley Center for Media presents They

    African-American Showrunners Talk Strides in TV Representation

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

  • 'Annihilation' film premiere

    'Annihilation' Star Jennifer Jason Leigh Responds to Whitewashing Accusations

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

  • Rachelle Lefevre Shiri Appleby

    'Unreal' and 'Mary Kills People' Teams Talk Topical Storytelling and an In-Season 'Me Too Moment'

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

  • Viola Davis Women in the World

    Viola Davis on #MeToo: 'If You're Dedicated to Change, Let It Cost You Something'

    Cathy Schulman has made her first hires and promotions as president of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures. From Columbia Pictures comes Jonathan Krauss, taking the newly created position of executive VP, production and development. Scarlett Lacey joins from Robert Cort Prods. as senior VP, production and development. Both will report directly to Schulman and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content