New Line lifts Henkels to sr. VP

Exec to oversee East Coast production

New Line Cinema has promoted Amy Henkels to senior veep of East Coast production.

Henkels, based in Gotham, serves as one of the company’s leading development executives. She is overseeing the film adaptation of the hit Off Broadway show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” being produced by Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler, and Todd Solondz’s untitled next film, also to be produced by Vachon along with Ted Hope at Good Machine. Both pics will begin lensing in July.

“Amy serves as our eyes and ears on the East Coast,” said Michael De Luca, prexy and chief operating officer of New Line Prods. “She has impeccable contacts that deliver New Line that crucial first shot at great scripts, plays, unpublished novels and magazine articles that appeal to our taste. Amy has helped give us a real presence in New York, and she is an indispensable part of our development team.”

Upcoming projects

Henkels has a number of projects in development including “Confessions of a Window Dresser,” based on the autobiography of longtime Barney’s window decorator Simon Doonan, to be produced by Maverick Entertainment; “Geeks,” a true story about two teenagers who exploit the Internet that Laura Bickford and Laurence Bender are producing; and two new projects from N.Y.-based producer John Lyons (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”): “Little Diva” and “How Life Is,” both written by Douglas Carter Beane.

Henkels served as an executive producer on her first film for New Line, “Money Talks,” which starred Chris Tucker and marked the directorial debut of Brett Ratner. She was also an executive producer on Ted Witcher’s “Love Jones,” which won an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Previous experience

Prior to joining New Line in 1995 as veep of production, Henkels worked alongside writer-director Nora Ephron on “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Mixed Nuts” and with producer Barbara De Fina on “The Age of Innocence,” “Mad Dog and Glory” and “Cape Fear.”

Prior to film production, Henkels served as the film researcher for “Saturday Night Live,” where she assisted such writers as Mike Myers, Conan O’Brien, Bonnie and Terry Turner, Al Franken and Jack Handy.

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