Krauss named exec VP production
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.