Boyle named prexy of prod’n for Hurd

Exec to o'see development for Pacific

With her Kinowelt USA deal in place, producer Gale Anne Hurd is wasting no time re-staffing her Pacific Western Prods., tapping Barbara Boyle president of production.

As many as a half-dozen new hires are expected in the coming months.

Boyle will oversee the development and production of all Pacific’s films.

“Barbara is a tremendously well-respected talent, unique in her ability to combine highly developed creative skills with sophisticated business acumen,” said Hurd.

“I am very excited to join Gale,” Boyle said. “I have long admired her vision and strength and look forward to working with her on a terrific slate of films.”

Pacific is talking to Sean Connery as well as helmers Phillip Noyce and Mike Newell to work on various projects at the company, but no deals or specific projects are under way.

Boyle’s most recent endeavor, Boyle-Taylor Prods. — which she co-founded with producer Michael Taylor — cranked out five films in as many years, including “Instinct” and “Phenomenon.” She previously served as prexy of Sovereign Pictures, which she co-founded in 1988.

Boyle exec produced John Sayles’ “Eight Men Out” and served as exec veep of production at RKO Pictures. From 1982-86, she was senior veep of worldwide production at Orion Pictures.

Boyle served for many years as IFP/West prexy.

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