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In the latest round of hirings at Permut Presentations, Steve Rabiner has been named VP of development.

Rabiner, who joins Permut’s other development VP, Suzanne Rothman, will be actively involved in the development of the company’s projects at various studios, including New Line, where it has a housekeeping deal.

With a background in journalism and publishing, Rabiner was most recently a senior VP at Concorde-New Horizons Corp., a position he held since 1990. Prior to that, he was an attorney at Loeb & Loeb for three years.

“He has a varied background, which was attractive to me,” David Permut said Wednesday. “His taste is quite eclectic. His well-rounded background on both the legal and creative side is very beneficial for a company like ours.”

Permut Presentations’ next film to go into production will be the New Line action-adventure “Surviving the Game,” which will roll Aug. 1 and be directed by Ernest Dickerson. Ice-T and Rutger Hauer will star. The company’s next release is Hollywood Pictures’ “Joey Coyle.”

Permut also announced that he just hired two writers, Doug Cook and David Wesiberg, to develop the “Nathan Cavaleri Project,” about the 10-year-old Australian blues guitarist. Cook and Wesiberg penned “Holy Matrimony,” the Interscope film that begins production in July.