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New prod’n head hits Ricochet

Ullmann to replace Plec as prod'n, development topper

Lisa Ullmann is joining Ricky Strauss’ Sony-based Ricochet Pictures to head the company’s production and development. She will be replacing Julie Plec, who is ankling the shingle.

Ricochet, which begins production on the Cameron Diaz-starrer “The Sweetest Thing” April 2, is also slated to produce the martial arts pic “Double Vision” for Columbia Film Prods. Asia, the Hong Kong-based division that produced “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” The dual-language pic will be directed by Chen Kuo-Fu, whose credits include the 1998 “The Personals.” That drama was released stateside in January by First Run Features.

Currently a development exec at Harold Ramis’ Fox-based Ocean Pictures, Ullmann was a creative executive at Bel-Air Entertainment and worked for Douglas/Reuther during the productions of “Face/Off” and “The Rainmaker.” Prior to that, she assisted director Joel Schumacher during the productions “Batman Forever” and “A Time To Kill.”

Ullmann got her start working in production on several films shooting in the Chicago area, including “Rudy,” “With Honors” and “Natural Born Killers.” She has also been involved with the Sundance Institute as a reader for the Writer’s Lab. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied film and theater.

Strauss met Ullmann via Plec, who handpicked her replacement and plans to take a few months off in view of the possible strikes to focus on projects neglected since she took the Ricochet job. She joined Ricochet last August after stints as an exec at Kevin Williamson’s Outerbanks Entertainment and for helmer Wes Craven.

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