NEW YORK — Miramax executive VP of business and legal affairs John Logigian has ankled to join Jean Doumanian Prods., which produces the films of Woody Allen and other directors. Logigian’s arrival will help Doumanian Prods. ramp up its slate from four to 10 features a year.
Logigian told Daily Variety that he decided to leave Miramax after four years because Doumanian offered him “the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted to do when I first entered the business — to produce projects for film, television and stage, both here and abroad.”
He continued, “I have known Jean for many years. She is smart, innovative, fun to work with and has impeccable taste. Her company has long-term relationships with artists of great stature and with the up-and-comers.”
An attorney by training, Logigian started in the biz at Columbia Pictures and then segued to United Artists and Orion Pictures. Logigian has been connected to Allen throughout most of his career. As a vice president at Orion, Logigian was involved in eight Allen films as well as “Silence of the Lambs,” “The Addams Family” and “Dances With Wolves.”
After Orion filed for bankruptcy, Logigian became an agent at ICM, where his clients included Allen, David Brown, Mike Nichols, Macaulay Culkin, Sigourney Weaver and John Calley.
While at ICM, Logigian helped structure the arrangement between Doumanian’s company and Allen.
Shortly after Miramax was acquired by the Walt Disney Co., Miramax co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein recruited Logigian to help the arthouse distributor move into production. Following Logigian’s move, Miramax became Allen’s distributor, releasing “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite” and “Everyone Says I Love You.”
“After seeing how effective he was, I decided to ask John to join Jean Doumanian Prods.,” Doumanian said. “I look forward … to having John join us in the expansion of our company.”
Doumanian Prods.’ current projects include Allen’s latest film, “Deconstructing Harry,” featuring Kirstie Alley, Billy Crystal, Judy Davis, Mariel Hemingway, Amy Irving, Julie Kavner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Demi Moore, Elisabeth Shue, Stanley Tucci and Robin Williams.
Despite industry speculation that Miramax will not distribute “Deconstructing Harry,” sources close to Doumanian said that the Weinsteins were still eyeing the film along with several others.
In addition to Allen’s film, Doumanian’s slate includes David Mamet’s “Spanish Prisoner,” starring Steve Martin and Campbell Scott; and “Elements,” a pic co-written and directed by newcomers Anthony Stark and Sean Smith that stars Rob Morrow and Claire Forlani.
“Elements” is currently in post-production, as is another Doumanian project, Barbara Kopple’s untitled docu chronicling a European tour of Allen’s jazz band. Doumanian is also developing several projects for Broadway and Off Broadway.
Doumanian’s credits include the Oscar-nominated pic “The Ox,” starring Max Van Sydow and Liv Ullman; the made-for-TV movie “Don’t Drink the Water,” starring Allen, Mayim Bialik, Michael J. Fox and Julie Kavner; and the Off Broadway production “Death Defying Acts,” three one-act plays written by Allen, Mamet and Elaine May.