Leipzig joins Interscope ranks

Adam Leipzig is leaving his senior VP job at Touchstone Pictures to join Interscope Communications’ feature film division as a production executive. He assumes his new post Monday.

Leipzig confirmed yesterday that after six years at the studio, Disney management has agreed to let him out of his contract, which still had a couple years to run, in order to take the new position.

“They’ve been great and generous in all of this,” Leipzig said regarding his early release.

At Interscope, Leipzig will work in the same capacity as the other five production exex: David Madden, Scott Kroopf, Tom Engelman, Diane Nabatoff and Gwyn Lurie. They carry no formal titles and get the opportunity to produce the movies they develop.

Under its recent deal with Polygram, which bought 51% of the indie, plus the services of chairman Ted Field and prexy Robert Cort, Interscope expectes to produce nine or 10 films a year by 1997 (Daily Variety, Aug. 11).

Cort could not be reached for comment yesterday regarding Leipzig’s appointment. Cort is in South Africa lensing “The Air Up There” for Universal Pictures in a co-production venture with his producer wife Rosalie Swedlin, head of Longview Entertainment.

During his tenure at Touchstone, Leipzig was the executive on two Interscope features, “Paradise” and “Innocent Man” and the Emmy-winning TV movie “The Mary Thomas Story.”

“Over the years I’ve had a very close relationship with Interscope and feel like part of their extended family,” the executive noted.

Leipzig said that while he has “had a terrific time being an executive, I started as a producer in theater and as time has gone on, I’ve longed to get back to the day-to-day of producing.”

Leipzig joined Disney in 1987 as a creative executive and was upped to VP in 1989. He received his senior VP stripes in 1991.

He most recently finished supervising photography on the Disney/Samuel Goldwyn Co. co-production “The Program,” written and directed by David Ward.

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