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Wolkoff to develop for Projects

Former Universal exec to run development at Bekmambetov's co.

Timur Bekmambetov has tapped former Universal Pictures Intl. exec Michele Wolkoff to head up development at his Bekmambetov Projects shingle.

As president of development, Wolkoff will shepherd such projects as adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

The pair developed Bekmambetov’s Russian supernatural thriller “Black Lightning” for Universal — a film that which has earned more than $20 million in Russia and spawned an English-language remake.

“(I) was constantly impressed by her knowledge of and perspective on the global marketplace,” Bekmambetov said. “She is incredibly collaborative, creative and strategic, and is a great partner to have in developing … future projects for both U.S. and foreign-language audiences.”At Universal, Wolkoff oversaw production of projects in Latin America, Australia, Asia and Russia. She played a key role in Universal’s partnership with Bekmambetov to direct and produce Russian- and English-language films for the local and international marketplace.

“He’s such a creative presence,” said Wolkoff, who will begin working out of the shingle’s Los Angeles offices in August. “He’s always has something fresh and innovative to say. He’s infectious.”

Wolkoff joined Universal in 2003 and collaborated with such foreign filmmakers as Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Heitor Dhalia, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Fernando Meirelles.

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