Weinstein Co. merging acquisition, prod’n arms

Sellers to head department; Lawson exiting

The Weinstein Company is merging its acquisition and production departments and bringing in former Unique Pictures production exec Dylan Sellers to head the new combined division.

New department, which will coalesce by the end of the month, will include about 10 to 12 employees. No current TWC staff will be let go as part of the merger, according to an insider.

Sellers, who served as senior production exec at the Warner Bros.-based Unique, oversaw the company’s West coast development and production operations. Formerly a production exec at 20th Century Fox, he moved to producing, most recently on Paramount’s “Footloose” as well as WB’s “A Cinderella Story.”

At the same time, acquisitions head Peter Lawson is poised to exit the company when his contract expires at the end of the month. Lawson, who has logged 2 years with TWC, will move to Thunder Road.

Production prexy Donna Gigliotti, whose credits include this year’s “The Silver Linings Playbook” as well as 2008’s “The Reader,” is also changing positions, switching to a producing deal with the company.

TWC has had a strong focus on both acquisitions and productions. Company released more than a dozen pickups last year and is currently producing “Playbook” and “Django Unchained.” A move to merge the production and acquisitions departments does not surprise some observers, who say that the two overlapped at times.

“It only makes sense for (TWC co-head) Harvey Weinstein to combine these two divisions together,” noted one insider.

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