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USA goes to Golin for pix

Producer signed to multiyear deal

Producer Steve Golin (“Being John Malkovich”) has entered into a multiyear deal with USA Films.

Golin will supply feature films to the Gramercy label of USA Films, which earlier in the year combined Gramercy and October Films.

As part of the agreement, Golin will continue to work on productions he had been developing at Propaganda Films — including an untitled film by “Malkovich” scribe Charlie Kaufman to be directed by Michel Gondry; “The Lies of Danny Sanchez”; “Bad Haircut,” an adaptation of several Tom Perotta short stories; and “Darkness Peering.”

Golin left Propaganda last May to form an as-yet-unnamed company, where he is producing musicvideos, commercials and interactive product as well as managing talent.

USA Films chairman Scott Greenstein said: “The industry knows and respects Steve’s work as an independent producer. While some talk about making movies, Steve does it — and always with excellent instincts and top talent.”

Russell Schwartz, USA Films prexy, added: “Steve is the kind of seasoned producer who will be a great asset to USA Films.”

Golin said: “USA exemplifies the independent, cinematically adventurous spirit which I have always thrived on.”

Golin is working with USA Films on Neil LaBute’s “Nurse Betty,” starring Morgan Freeman, Renee Zellweger, Chris Rock and Greg Kinnear, as well as on Mick Davis’ ensemble comedy “The Match.”

In 1986, Golin co-founded Propaganda Films, which quickly became a player through its musicvideo and commercial divisions.

As Propaganda grew, the company moved into features, with Golin producing such films as John Dahl’s “Red Rock West” and “Kill Me Again,” Alek Keshishian’s “Truth or Dare” with and about Madonna, David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart” and Dominic Sena’s “Kalifornia.”

Recently, Golin produced Don Roos’ “Bounce” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck. His credits include LaBute’s “Your Friends & Neighbors,” Barry Levinson’s “Sleepers,” Jane Campion’s “The Portrait of a Lady,” David Fincher’s “The Game” and Joseph Ruben’s “Return to Paradise.”

Golin began his career at NYU’s film school and worked as a commercial photographer before entering the American Film Institute’s producer program.

Golin’s deal was negotiated by Howard Meyers, USA Films’ senior veep of business affairs, and attorney Alan Hergott of Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer and Klein.

USA Films upcoming releases include Anjelica Huston’s “Agnes Browne” and Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy.”

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