Baker hits the road to Mandalay

Island Pictures vet fills exec vp post

Former Island Pictures exec Todd Baker has joined Mandalay Entertainment as executive VP of production. The announcement comes weeks before the prolific production and co-financing company is set to move its headquarters from the Sony lot to Paramount Pictures.

Baker will report directly to Mandalay president Adam Platnick and will play a key role in all aspects of development and production. He fills a void in the company’s executive ranks created when Mandalay president of production Todd Black ankled in March.

“We are very excited about Todd joining Mandalay,” Platnick said. “His wide breadth of experience as a film and television executive as well as a creative and line producer will strengthen our film operations.”

Baker said of the move, “The company has tremendous resources and for me it’s a unique opportunity to help put together event films in an environment that’s designed to be fun and entrepreneurial.”

Prior to joining Mandalay, Baker served as exec VP of Island Pictures, where he produced “Def Jam’s How to Be a Player” and exec produced Robert Altman’s “The Gingerbread Man.”

His other exec producer credits included “The War,” starring Kevin Costner; 20th Century Fox’s “Airheads,” starring Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser and Chris Farley; and “The Cure,” starring Brad Renfro and Anabella Sciorra.

In 1990 Baker worked as development exec for producer Scott Rudin, where he was involved in “The Firm,” “The Addams Family” and “Sister Act.”

Earlier in his career Baker was senior VP of creative affairs at New World Television, where he developed and supervised TV movies, miniseries and series, including ABC’s “The Wonder Years.”