You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kopelson Prods. ups Panitch

Arnold Kopelson Prods. production VP Sanford Panitch has been upped to exec production VP, it was announced Monday.

Panitch joined the Warners-based outfit in 1991 as development director, initiating feature projects that are likely to move into production.

Thrills ahead

Among them are the thriller “Dead Reckoning” and the high-tech suspenser “Outbreak,” which pits a team of virologists against a deadly plague threatening to wipe out the entire U.S. population.

Since Lynda Obst’s Fox-based company has another virus-based thriller on the boards, this project will likely be among the first to go from Kopelson’s development package, which also includes the romancer “Stealing Hearts” and the updated Arthurian fable “The Forever King.”

Prior to joining Kopelson, Panitch served under Gale Anne Hurd’s Pacific Western Prods. and also established the Revive Screening Co.

Said Kopelson in a statement, “Sanford has become an integral part of the team comprised of myself, Anne Kopelson, Stephen Brown and Nana Greenwald, that makes our company run like a fine Swiss watch. He is second to none in the acquisition of properties.”

More Film

  • Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King) and Bella (Amber)

    China's Bona Film Boards Brad Pitt's 'Ad Astra,' 'A Dog's Way Home' (EXCLUSIVE)

    China’s Bona Film Group is co-financing Brad Pitt space adventure “Ad Astra,” one of several films in a strong slate of international movies the company plans to release in the Middle Kingdom over the next year. Bona has also acquired Roland Emmerich’s war spectacular “Midway” and is investing in “A Dog’s Way Home,” the sequel [...]

  • Aquaman 2018

    Film News Roundup: 'Aquaman' Sets Pre-Sales Record

    In today’s film news roundup, “Aquaman” sets a pre-sales record, “Bohemian Rhapsody” hits a milestone, and SAG-AFTRA promotes four executives.  PRE-SALES RECORD “Aquaman” has set a pre-sales record for Atom Tickets, topping “Deadpool 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Black Panther.” “Clearly, ‘Aquaman’ has captured the attention of movie fans with its larger-than-life adventure that must [...]

  • 'Liga' Kicks Off At Ventana Sur's

    Ventana Sur: 'La Liga' Kicks Off at Buenos Aires' Animation!

    Spain’s Quirino Awards, Argentina’s Animation! and Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival, three key events in Ibero-American animation, will join forces to create La Liga (The League), as announced Wednesday at an Animation! round table hosted by the Quirino Awards, titled “Iberoamerican Alliance Models.” Speakers included Quirino Awards promoter José Luis Farias, Mexico’s Pixelatl director José Iñesta, Gonzalo [...]

  • The Quake Review

    Film Review: 'The Quake'

    Roar Uthaug’s 2015 “The Wave” revived the pleasures of the 1970s disaster-movie cycle in a form that seemed purer than the never-quite-dead genre’s recent Stateside incarnations — most of which seem to involve Dwayne Johnson in a generic pileup of CGI perils. “The Wave” wasn’t high art, but it was entertainment that delivered some standard [...]

  • The Mule trailer

    Film Review: Clint Eastwood in 'The Mule'

    From Dirty Harry to … dirty grandpa, Clint Eastwood certainly has a type of character that he plays best, and “The Mule” finds him squarely in his comfort zone, appearing as a surly old horticulturalist who, at age 90, has become perhaps the most reliable drug runner for the Sinaloa cartel, evading detection for nearly [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content