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Miramax taps Messick VP

NEW YORK — Jill Sobel Messick has joined Miramax Films as vice president of development.

Messick was previously a manager at Addis/Wechsler & Associates, where her clients included Chloe Sevigny (“Kids”) and actor-writer John Bloom (“Casino”).

In her new job at Miramax, Messick will be based in Los Angeles and will be responsible for scouting writers and directors and bringing in material to the company. She will report to Meryl Poster, exec VP of production.

“We look forward to working with Jill and know that she’ll be an important part of Miramax’s future,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

From 1994-96, Messick worked for Woods Entertainment, where she was director of development. At Woods, she was one of the people who helped bring in the scripts written by Kevin Williamson for Wes Craven’s “Scream,” which grossed more than $100 million for Miramax’s genre franchise Dimension Films, and “Killing Mrs. Tingle,” which Williamson will direct for Dimension.

Messick also played a role in acquiring Miramax’s upcoming release “Wide Awake,” written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

She began her career as an assistant at the Gersh Agency and later segued to Somers/Teitelbaum/David as a junior manager.

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