Exec bows production, management company
Marcy Drogin, a Gotham film, lit and legit vet who recently ran Michael Douglas’ Furthur Films, has formed Maximum Films & Management.Blending production, management and consulting, the company has signed a half-dozen scribes and writer-directors and forged consulting pacts with CBS Films, Mandalay and Participant. “Maximum is their New York eyes and ears, covering books, plays, screenplays and other material,” Drogin said. “My goal was to create a niche in New York that wasn’t filled: a management company with someone at its head who had a lot of production and development experience and wouldn’t have to depend on movies getting made.” Drogin recently brought in “Chasing Harry Winston,” by “The Devil Wears Prada” author Lauren Weisberger, and helped attach screenwriter Gina Wendkos to adapt the book. Mandalay has since set up the project at Universal. She also brought Larry Beinhart’s novel “Salvation Boulevard” to Mandalay; George Ratliff is attached to adapt and direct. Cathy Schulman, prexy of Mandalay Pictures and Mandalay Independent Pictures, praised Drogin’s “keen eye for identifying compelling stories.” Former Endeavor talent agent trainee Clay Floren works as story editor for the company. Drogin’s Maximum has no connection to the Canadian production and distribution company Maximum Films, which Robert Lantos launched in 2007. Along with Douglas and Mark Canton, Drogin is also attached to produce “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan” at Atmosphere Entertainment. Nicole Kassell (“The Woodsman”) adapted it from the Arthur Miller play and will direct. While at Furthur Films, Drogin produced “The Sentinel” for Fox and New Regency and logged co-producer credits on “Swimfan” and “It Runs in the Family.” Maximum’s management client list includes Seth Rosenfeld, David Gilbert, Chris Carlson, Shira-Lee Shalit and Jennifer Gruskoff & David Gordon.