Barry Sabath, former prexy of the recently dissolved Family Channel Pictures, will join Robin Williams and Marsha Williams’ Blue Wolf Prods. as a production and development exec, the company said Wednesday.
Sabath will work with the Williams team to bring in new material to produce, some of which Williams could star in. Blue Wolf, which is readying “Jakob the Liar” for TriStar Pictures, has a production deal at Disney.
He reports to Marsha Williams. Sabath will not have a title.
“We’re thrilled to have Barry working with us at Blue Wolf,” said Marsha Williams. “He is a seasoned executive with a keen eye for material and an extensive knowledge of the marketplace.”
Sabath had been in charge of Family Channel Pictures, a start-up that lasted nearly a year before its parent company MTM Enterprises decided that the division was not an “efficient use” of Family Channel’s resources (Daily Variety, Feb. 4).
Sabath had set up eight projects at Family Channel, spending between $1 million and $2 million. MTM pulled Family Channel out of the kidpic market, sources said, because its execs didn’t realize the extensive costs of putting together features.
Sabath said that at Family Channel he used Robin Williams movies as models of the type of pics the company should be doing.
“The prototype I always used for a successful family movie was ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ” he said. “To now work with the producer of that movie is a dream come true.”
Before Family Channel, Sabath was a co-producer with Paul Schiff at 20th Century Fox. His pics included “My Cousin Vinny” and “PCU.”
Sabath, a former professor of film history and criticism at U. of Illinois and Illinois State U., began his exec career in the story department at Columbia Pictures. He moved up to VP level, overseeing Joel Schumacher’s “Flatliners.”
Before that, he was an assistant to producer Laura Ziskin on “No Way Out.”