You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Matoian firmed at Fox family unit

After months of speculation, 20th Century Fox on Monday confirmed that former CBS senior executive John Matoian will head its new feature family film division.

Matoian left his post as CBSsenior veepee of movies and miniseries several weeks ago, but Fox did not announce his move until Monday, when his official contract at the web ended.

“Jeff Sagansky (CBS Entertainment prexy) is a very good friend and we felt it was important that John’s (Matoian) move was handled properly,” said Fox chairman Peter Chernin.

How this new unit will affect Fox’s production deal with Nickelodeon remains unclear. Last May, Nickelodeon signed a two-year first-look deal with Fox to produce family film fare.

Recently, Sumner Redstone, shortly after acquiring Paramount, said he would be looking at his Viacom-owned Nickelodeon to do feature films.

Chernin, in response, said there are 18 months left on Nickelodeon’s contract and that he expects to get film product from that deal.

Matoian, who starts work on the Fox lot today, will head the film unit with its own production execs. The division eventually will be responsible for putting out six films a year.

Matoian said Monday his greatest successes have been with films in the family genre, such as CBS’ “Sarah, Plain and Tall,””The Walton’s Thanksgiving Reunion, “”To Dance With the White Dog” and “The Yearling.”

Starting up another film unit is part of an overall plan to increase Fox’s output, according to Chernin.

“We’re looking to significantly increase production, up to 25 movies a year (from an average of 13-14 films),” Chernin said. “And we’re now committing the resources to do that. It’s hard to have just one film production division do that many films.”

More Film

  • Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig to Undergo Ankle Surgery After 'Bond 25' Injury

    Daniel Craig will undergo ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming “Bond 25.” “Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica,” the franchise’s official Twitter account posted. “Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the [...]

  • Oh Mercy

    Cannes Film Review: 'Oh Mercy'

    It takes more than just watching “Oh Mercy” to understand exactly why Arnaud Desplechin was drawn to the subject matter of his latest movie, a reasonably engrossing police procedural with roots in a 2008 TV documentary. Something of an unexpected detour in the veteran director’s weighty career, the film combines multiple strands to paint a [...]

  • Spielberg's Amblin Chief Jeff Small on

    Listen: Spielberg's Amblin Chief on Making 'Movies in the Middle'

    With the sequel “A Dog’s Journey” now in theaters, Amblin Partners continues to find ways to release the kind of films that aren’t typical of what dominates American multiplexes these days. An follow-up to the 2017 surprise hit “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Journey” is just another example of the cinematic strategy evident at Amblin, the production [...]

  • I Lost My Body

    French Animation 'I Lost My Body' Tops Cannes Critics' Week Winners

    “I Lost My Body,” a dark French animated film from writer-director Jérémy Clapin, has come up trumps in this year’s Critics’ Week program at the Cannes Film Festival, taking the strand’s top honor, the Nespresso Grand Prize. The film, which follows a young man’s severed hand as it struggles to be reunited with its own, [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Talent Agents Blast Verve Agreement With Writers Guild

    The lead negotiator for Hollywood’s talent agencies has again blasted the Writers Guild and its recent agreement with the Verve agency — and cautioned other agencies against following suit. Verve defected from the major agencies on May 16 when it became the first sizable Hollywood talent agency to sign the WGA’s Code of Conduct. That [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content