Jersey moves top exec pair up firm ladder

Klubeck, Abdy appointments recognizing good work

Jersey Films has promoted two of its top execs, appointing Richard Klubeck to the newly created post of CEO and naming Pam Abdy prexy of production.

Jersey partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher remain at the helm of the company. The troika will continue to play an integral role in day-to-day production matters as Klubeck oversees its growing infrastructure.

Abdy is assuming a job last held by Gail Lyon, now prexy of Red Wagon Entertainment.

“This is recognition of people who are doing a really good job,” said DeVito, Shamberg and Sher. “It symbolizes the growth of the company.”

Jersey Films, which has a first-look deal at Universal, is nearing production on several projects, including the action comedy “OGB,” starring Reese Witherspoon; “Walk Among the Tombstones,” a Harrison Ford thriller to be directed by Joe Carnahan; and “Freedom Writers,” a pic that Richard LaGravenese is directing from his own screenplay.

Klubeck, previously chief operations officer of Jersey Films, oversees all operations and strategic planning for Jersey’s feature and TV divisions. He’s closely involved with company development, production, distribution and financing activities. He also explores financing opportunities and manages Jersey’s overall deals.

Klubeck came to Jersey after serving as exec VP of Mel Gibson’s Icon Prods. He was previously an exec at Castle Rock Entertainment and an attorney at O’Melveny and Myers.

Abdy, previously exec VP of production, joined Jersey as a college intern in 1995 and will continue to create and develop projects for the company. She is exec producing “OGB” for Universal. Among other projects she’s also developing are the romantic comedy “London Calling” with writers Eve Ahlert and David Drake, and the thriller “Sisters Keeper,” which Todd Graff is writing for Disney.

An exec producer of Jersey’s Christmas comedy “How High,” Abdy was an associate producer of “Man on the Moon” and co-produced Jersey Shore’s “The Caveman’s Valentine.”

The promotions do not affect Jersey TV partner John Landford. Jersey TV has an exclusive deal with Sony Television.