In one of the speedier ascents up the Hollywood corporate ladder, Jonathan Glickman — who came to Caravan Pictures four years ago as an intern from USC’s Peter Stark Program — has been named prexy of that Disney-based production company under chairman-CEO Roger Birnbaum.
Caravan announced Wednesday that Glickman, 28, will have reign over all aspects of development and production for the company, which is based in Santa Monica and produces three to five pics per year for Disney and other studios.
Glickman will continue to report to Birnbaum, who said the company is in the midst of a restructuring to expand into more features and telepics.
Glickman, who handled such pics as “While You Were Sleeping” and “Grosse Pointe Blank” for Caravan, is the first executive to be given a title on the seven-person staff.
“I wanted to give a promotion that was not just meaningful to John, but was meaningful to my company as well,” said Birnbaum. “John Glickman is someone they need to deal with. And the restructuring of the company now means other people will get titles too.”
Caravan is in theaters with “G.I. Jane”; upcoming are “Washington Square,” which screened at the recent Toronto Film Festival, and “Rocket Man,” set for an Oct. 10 release starring Harland Williams.
“I’m excited to be making the number of pictures we do,” Glickman said. “I probably work on as many go pictures here as I would at a studio.”
Other slated projects
Roger Birnbaum Prods. has two projects slated for production at other studios under Glickman’s watch: “Rush Hour,” helmed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker for New Line Cinema with a Dec. 1 start date; and “Instinct,” directed by Geoffrey Wright for Mandalay Entertainment with a March 1 start.
Birnbaum praised Glickman for his quick study of the film biz and his strong relationships in the industry. “There is that expression, ‘He gets it,’ ” Birnbaum said. “I don’t have to explain anything to him. He always gets it.”
Among some of Caravan’s other projects in production are “6 Days/7 Nights,” starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche; “The Holy Man,” with Eddie Murphy; “A Small Miracle,” adapted by Mark Stephen Johnson from John Irving’s novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany.”
Other produced features from Caravan include “Angels in the Outfield,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Dead Presidents” and “Powder.”
Glickman, who is also the son of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, was hired into Caravan by former producing partners Joe Roth and Birnbaum. He handled such pics as “The Jerky Boys” and “Before and After.”
His exec producing credits include “Rocket Man,” “Celtic Pride,” “Grosse Pointe Blank” and the upcoming “The Holy Man.”
Glickman’s first job out of college was with HBO in New York.