Int’l Film Guarantors taps Weidman for sr. VP post

Prod'n veep also member of executive committee

Completion bond provider Intl. Film Guarantors has appointed Joan Weidman to the position of senior vice president, production.

It’s the former cinematographer and UCLA film school graduate’s second stint with the insurance firm, where she worked from 1994 to 1996. Weidman, who also will be a member of IFG’s executive committee, will report to IFG prexy Steven Mangel.

She arrives at IFG following a term at Artisan Entertainment (formerly known as Live), where she was head of physical production. She oversaw the making of “Critical Care,” “Suicide Kings,” “Permanent Midnight” and “Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster,” among other pics, at the indie company.

Weidman has a strong background in filmmaking, which is unusual for a completion bond exec. She shot the feature-length docs “Broken Rainbow” and “The Other Half of the Sky.” She also has line-produced or co-produced a string of features, commercials and musicvids.

“Joan is dedicated to the art of filmmaking as well as to the business of making films,” commented Mangel.

The business has been undergoing musical chairs for much of this year. In April, Joan Stigliano ankled IFG after a year and a half as its prexy to join rival Film Finances. Then, in late July, Donna Smith assumed the reins of Cinema Completions Intl. from industry vet Tekla Morgan.

The biz could be set for a small price war if another player, Film Finances, makes good on its promise to begin bonding big-budget (up to $85 million) indie films, an area traditionally dominated by IFG and CCI.

IFG-bonded pics in the past five years include “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Air Force One,” “Braveheart,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Evita.”

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