Dealmaker Alper upped to exec VP at New Line

Exec overseeing biz pacts

In recognition of his pivotal role closing deals with talent such as Adam Sandler, New Line Cinema has promoted David Alper to executive vice president of business affairs.

Michael De Luca, prexy of New Line Prods., said of Alper: “As one of the guys who has to make sense of my frenetic dealmaking, David has one of the toughest jobs in Hollywood. There are few than can rival his ability to get the job done.”

Alper will continue to secure deals for writers, producers, directors and actors, while also conducting literary rights negotiations and film acquisitions.

Since joining New Line in 1997, Alper has been instrumental in brokering talent deals as well as handling upcoming releases such as “Unconditional Love” and “13 Days.”

“David is one of the most respected and skilled business affairs negotiators in the entertainment industry,” said Ben Zinkin, senior executive veep of business affairs. “During the past two years we have come to rely on his relationships and expertise.”

Prior to joining New Line in October 1997, Alper worked as an entertainment attorney in private practice, where he repped people and companies in feature film, television, publishing, interactive media and merchandising pacts.

Before establishing his own practice, Alper served as an executive veep at Lorimar Entertainment and a senior veep at MCA/Universal Motion Picture Group. He was also a feature film attorney at Twentieth Century Fox.

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