Killer stalks Roumel for pic partner role

Prod'n head, 'Series 7,' 'Hedwig' producer upped

HOLLYWOOD — Killer Films’ head of production Katie Roumel has been named a partner of the Gotham-based shingle, joining Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler.

Roumel has been head of production since 1998 and with the company since 1994, when she got her start by working as a casting assistant on the Larry Clark pic “Kids.”

Roumel produced the USA Films release “Series 7,” penned and directed by Daniel Minahan, and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” directed by John Cameron Mitchell. “Hedwig,” based on the Off Broadway hit, was in competition at Sundance, where it received the directing and audience award. At the Berlin fest, “Hedwig” received the Gold Teddy for best feature film.

“In the past couple of years, Katie really was the producer who shepherded both ‘Series 7’ and ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’ ” Koffler said. “She’s intensely commited, has really great relationships with the filmmakers she works with and brings an excellent production sense (to projects). She is a very complementary component to me and Christine.”

Killer years

Roumel’s promotion comes at a time when Killer’s star is rising. The fruits of the past two years of production — seven films — are due for release, with an eighth, “Series 7,” already in theaters.

Company has one year remaining on nonexclusive production pacts with Paul Allen’s Clear Blue Sky Prods. and with “ER” exec producer John Wells of John Wells Prods., where Kristin Harms serves as the Killer liason.

“We’ve followed the idea that if you keep doing what you do, the money will take care of itself,” said Gotham-based Vachon.

Vachon notes that virtually all similar shingles have alternative businesses outside of movies, but movies are primary at Killer.

Killer is electing to make larger films, each financed differently.

The shingle’s current slate of releases:

  • “Storytelling,” financed by Fine Line and Good Machine Intl. for $6 million-$8 million, due for release in late September, is screening in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Todd Solondz wrote and directed the pic, which stars John Goodman and Selma Blair.

  • “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” financed by New Line/Fine Line for roughly $5 million, due for release July 20 in New York and L.A. Directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell.

  • “Chelsea Walls,” financed by IFC Films and Indigent, will be distributed by Lions Gate in the fall. Pic, screening in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, was helmed by Ethan Hawke, with Uma Thurman and Kris Kristofferson toplining the ensemble cast.

  • “One Hour Photo,” co-financed by Fox Searchlight and Catch 23 Prods. with a budget of $12 million, will be released by Fox Searchlight. Directed by Mark Romanek, pic stars Robin Williams and is slated for a fall release.

  • “The Safety of Objects,” financed by U.K.-based Renaissance Films and Clear Blue Sky for under $10 million, was directed by Rose Troche and is in post-production. Pic stars Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Joshua Jackson, Timothy Olyphant and Patricia Clarkson.

  • “The Grey Zone,” financed by Millennium Films for under $5 million, is in post-production. Tim Blake Nelson directs Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Steve Buscemi, David Arquette and Natasha Lyonne in the drama.

  • “Women in Film,” financed by IFC Films and Indigent for roughly $100,000, will be released on cable via Lions Gate. Directed by Bruce Wagner, pic stars Beverly D’Angelo, Portia de Rossi and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. It unspooled in the American Spectrum at Sundance.