Mark taps King

Exec to head prod'n at Sony-based production outfit

Jonathan King, formerly a producer with Bandeira Entertainment, has been named prexy of production for the Sony-based Laurence Mark Prods., replacing former prexy and producer John Baldecchi, the company announced Wednesday.

King will work with Mark to solicit and set up projects with Sony’s Columbia Pictures, with which Mark has a three-year exclusive production pact. He starts July 1, reporting directly to Mark.

John McNamara, director of development for the production company, has also been upped to VP of creative affairs.

At Bandeira, King worked on such pics as “The Alarmist,” “Starf*cker” and “Judas Kiss.” He is currently producing “Guinevere” with Stephen Rea, Sarah Polley and Gina Gershon.

Bandeira partner Beau Flynn said that King will still be involved with projects that he developed with Bandeira, which has an overall production deal with DreamWorks.

“It will be terrific to have Jonathan on board,” said Mark. “He is a savvy producer who has been involved with high-quality projects both at Bandeira and at Miramax.”

King began in showbiz as a book scout for MGM in Gotham. He went to Miramax as a production and acquisitions exec, handling such pics as the upcoming “54.”

He also was involved with the productions of “Curdled” and “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the acquisitions of “Velvet Goldmine” and “The House of Yes” for Miramax.

Mark’s company, which had been based at Disney for eight years, is in the process of moving to the Sony lot. Mark’s last producer effort was “The Object of My Affection” for 20th Century Fox. Other upcoming pics include “Simon Birch” for Hollywood Pictures, “Anywhere But Here” with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman for Fox 2000, “Hanging Up” under Diane Keaton’s helm for Columbia and “Chicago” with Goldie Hawn and Madonna.