Michael De Luca is poised to make his first hire as production prexy for DreamWorks Pictures an old friend: Claire Rudnick Polstein.
A deal is imminent to install the former New Line Cinema exec veepee as a senior production exec at the company.
While at New Line when DeLuca was production topper, Rudnick Polstein was responsible for developing and supervising production on some of New Line’s highest-profile releases, including the first “Austin Powers,” “Next Friday” and “Wag the Dog,” as well as on the forthcoming F. Gary Gray-helmed “Diablo” and the Sean Penn starrer “I Am Sam.”
Prior to joining New Line, she worked at Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, where she worked with CPE topper Andy Vajna on pics like “Tombstone,” among others.
Rudnick Polstein left New Line Cinema last January — just a week after De Luca — along with more than 100 staffers in layoffs that totaled 20% of the minimajor’s workforce.
Her hire would fill a post vacant since August, when DreamWorks senior theatrical production exec Glenn Williamson ankled the company to join USA Films, where Williamson replaced departing production prexy Donna Gigliotti.
Both DreamWorks and Rudnick Polstein declined to comment on the talks, but neither side denied that negotiations were proceeding.