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Propaganda, Mandolin pact

Thriller first title under first-look deal

This story was corrected on November 16, 2000.

Propaganda Films has signed a first-look deal with director Luis Mandoki and producer Mimi Polk Gitlin’s newly formed production company, Mandolin Entertainment. The first title under the arrangement will be the thriller “24 Hours,” with Mandoki attached to direct.

Adapted by bestselling author Greg Iles from his novel of the same name, “24 Hours” is a thriller about a successful couple who cleverly turn the tables on the criminals when their child becomes the victim of kidnappers.

Gitlin and award-winning record producer Glen Ballard brought the script to Propaganda. Latter will exec produce and create the film’s soundtrack.

“Luis and I are thrilled to have found the perfect project to bring to Propaganda Films and are looking forward to making it the first feature produced under our new banner,” Gitlin said.

Mandoki, in post on “Angel Eyes,” starring Jennifer Lopez, has also directed “Message in a Bottle” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Gitlin’s producing credits include “Thelma & Louise,” “Clubland,” “White Squall,” “Monkey Trouble” and “The Browning Version.” She also exec produced “1492: Conquest of Paradise” and “Picking Up the Pieces,” and associate produced “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Deal was negotiated by Propaganda prexy Rick Hess and chief operating officer Trevor Macy, with CAA repping Iles.