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Indie taps Glasser, Kuyper

Independent production and foreign sales company Initial Entertainment Group has hired Shelly Glasser and Jon Kuyper to oversee the company’s expanding production and acquisitions slate.

Glasser, who co-produced Hollywood Pictures’ current release “Prefontaine,” has been appointed senior VP of production and acquisitions. Kuyper, who most recently was director of production at Playboy Entertainment Group, will serve as VP of production and acquisitions.

The pair will be responsible for securing properties for potential feature films as well as working with producers in developing and producing feature projects. They will also seek domestic and international distribution rights to completed films.

Glasser’s line producing credits include Miramax’s “Curdled” and, with Harry Winer, Showtime’s “Riot.” Earlier she served as unit production manager on the Savoy release “White Man’s Burden” and the Academy Award-winning short “Trevor.” As production supervisor, her credits include the “ER” pilot and “Jason’s Lyric.”

At Playboy, Kuyper oversaw production of a series of films co-produced with Motion Picture Corp. of America as well as the Showtime series “Women.”

As a line producer or production manager, his credits include “Daddy’s Girl” and Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere.” Earlier he served as studio production manager for Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons.

IEG is currently producing two features, the Serbian-set drama “Savior,” starring Dennis Quaid and Nastassja Kinski, and “Family Plan,” starring Leslie Nielsen and Judge Reinhold.

The company recently completed production with Bandiera Entertainment on the romantic comedy “Little City” starring Josh Charles, Annabella Sciorra, Jon Bon Jovi, Penelope Ann Miller and Joanna Going.

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