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Made in the Shade

Bostick joins Universal-based shingle; credits include 'Liar, Liar,' 'Apollo 13'

Michael Bostick has been tapped a producer at Shady Acres, Tom Shadyac’s Universal-based production shingle.

Bostick’s role is to expand the scope of Shady Acres’ production slate, which includes projects for Shadyac to direct as well as films Shady Acres will produce with other directors.

“All of us at Shady Acres are very excited to be working with Michael,” Shadyac said. “Michael is experienced, intelligent, hardworking, and he’s a good guy. We look forward to a long, collaborative and fruitful relationship.”

Bostick was most recently prexy of Imagine Films at Imagine Entertainment, where he had been an executive since 1991.

Shadyac and Bostick worked together on “Liar Liar,” which Shadyac helmed and Bostick oversaw for Imagine.

At Imagine, Bostick managed, with Imagine co-toppers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the slate of feature film projects through development and production. He brought in and worked on two of the company’s most successful films: “Apollo 13,” which grossed $344 million worldwide and was nominated for nine Academy Awards. He served as exec producer on “Liar Liar,” which grossed $297 million worldwide.

Last year, along with Grazer and Howard, Bostick won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Producer’s Guild Award for producing the HBO mini-series “From Earth to the Moon,” which Tom Hanks exec produced.

Prior to Imagine, Bostick worked at Walt Disney and Touchstone Pictures as a creative executive for two years. In addition to developing a number of films at Disney, he was instrumental in the creation of the New Writers Fellowship Program aimed at discovering and developing minority talent.

Joining Bostick at Shady Acres will be Amanda Morgan Palmer, who’ll be promoted to a development executive. She and current exec Winston Stromberg will support the company’s slate.

A spokeswoman for Imagine Entertainment said Bostick’s position at Imagine Films won’t be refilled. Chief responsibility for the film unit will continue to reside with co-chair Karen Kehela, she said.

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