In a move to shape itself into a major player under new owner Ted Turner, Castle Rock Entertainment has upped Liz Glotzer — exec for such films as “Honeymoon in Vegas” and “In the Line of Fire”– as its first prexy of production.
Formerly production vee-pee at Castle Rock, Glotzer will be in charge of all aspects of feature development and production for the burgeoning Turner property. She’ll report to Martin Shafer, prexy of Castle Rock Pictures.
“She’s an outstanding executive,” Shafer said. “She’s great with the creative community. She’s a wonderful ambassador for our company.”
Castle Rock started in 1987 as the brainchild of helmer Rob Reiner, former studio exec Alan Horn, producer Andrew Scheinman, TV vet Glenn Padnick and developer Shafer. The indie never had an official prexy of production, although Shafer in effect handled that role.
“We are getting busier and there is a lot more work to do, more projects in development, more movies in production,” Shafer said Thursday. “Liz’ll be very involved in what pictures get made and how they get made.”
Growth on horizon
Glotzer is expected to shepherd the company into a heavy growth period under Turner, who recently forked over $ 100 mil for the powerful indie.
“The reason Ted Turner bought our company was to increase our production of so-called A-level movies,” Shafer said. “Our intent was to grow Castle Rock into a major studio.”
Shafer and Glotzer both said Castle Rock plans a slate of up to eight films this year, then as many as a dozen per annum subsequently.
Castle Rock standards
The growth will have to be consistent with Castle Rock’s standards of quality , Shafer said.
Turning out roughly four or five pix a year, the ministudio has offered such hits as “When Harry Met Sally …,””A Few Good Men,””Misery,””City Slickers” and “Malice.”
“We are going to get bigger. It’s just a different way of structuring it,” Glotzer said. “We don’t want to change overnight. We want to build until it’s comfortable.”
She said the company soon will beef up its production staff with several promotions and at least one new hire, though she maintained Castle Rock does not plan to alter its informal approach to the biz.
“The point is that we don’t want the structure of the company to change,” she said. “This has been a great place to make movies because this is a place that filmmakers can call up and get a movie made.”
Castle Rock has already slated three pix to start production this year: “Beyond Rangoon,” starring Patricia Arquette under John Boorman’s helm, starts lensing next month in Malaysia; “Marie and Bruce,” with John Malkovich directing and starring alongside Holly Hunter; and “Delores Claiborne,” under Taylor Hackford’s direction and starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Glotzer has worked with Castle Rock since its inception in 1987. She produced “Sibling Rivalry” and is exec producer for the fall release “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Before joining Castle Rock, Glotzer was director of development at Samuel Goldwyn Co., where she helped usher sleeper hit “Mystic Pizza” to the screen.