×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New Line corporate chief Donovan exits

Exec o'saw campaigns for 'Powers,' 'Wedding Singer'

New Line Cinema veteran Mary K. Donovan will ankle her post as exec VP of corporate affairs after a 14-year tenure with the studio in various executive publicity positions.

Donovan will depart her post at the end of July to pursue other opportunities. The New York-based exec joined New Line in 1989 as director of publicity. She then became VP and later senior VP of East Coast publicity before taking over the national publicity department in 1998. In 2001, she formed the corporate affairs division.

New Line confirmed that the company will seek a Gotham-based replacement for the position to continue overseeing corporate communications and dealing with all Time Warner and AOL-related news.

“Mary is an integral part of the New Line family,” said company co-chairs and co-CEOs Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne in a statement. “She has a proven track record of creating unique and diverse publicity campaigns for our theatrical releases over the years.

“Mary has also played a significant role representing New Line within our parent company AOL Time Warner, helming our corporate affairs division and enhancing our corporate image overall,” the statement continued. “We regret that she has chosen to move on but wish her great success and joy in the future.”

During Donovan’s tenure as head of publicity, she oversaw campaigns for such releases as “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” which earned PR Week magazine’s PR campaign of the year title. She also oversaw the release of “Rush Hour 2,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Blade,” “Magnolia” and “Pleasantville,” among others.

Prior to joining New Line, Donovan worked in publicity at Vestron Pictures and TriStar Pictures.

More Biz

  • Phil McIntyre Steps Down as Roc

    Phil McIntyre Steps Down From Roc Nation Management, but Remains Affiliated With Company

    Phil McIntyre has stepped down as president of Roc Nation Management, but his PhilyMack management company remains affiliated with Roc, a source close to the situation tells Variety. PhilyMack, which McIntyre founded in 2006, partnered with Roc Nation in 2015. The source stressed that McIntyre’s role at Roc Nation Management  — whose clients include Rihanna, [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein Trial

    Ben Brafman Drops Out of Harvey Weinstein Rape Case

    Harvey Weinstein has officially parted ways with defense attorney Ben Brafman, releasing a joint statement Thursday announcing the move. Weinstein had clashed with his defense attorney over strategy in his rape and sexual assault case. The pair issued a statement saying their parting was amicable, and that Brafman would cooperate fully with Weinstein’s new attorneys. [...]

  • Netflix - Apple TV

    Netflix Turns in Record Q4 Subscriber Gain, Price Increase Weighs on U.S. Forecast

    Netflix is beating Wall Street expectations for international subscriber growth — but its recently announced price increase in the U.S. may have put a damper on its momentum in the States. For the fourth quarter of 2018, Netflix reported 1.53 million paid net adds in the U.S. and 7.31 million internationally, to end the year [...]

  • Heather Parry Live Nation

    Live Nation Investigation of Heather Parry Also Targets Leakers (EXCLUSIVE)

    Over the past two weeks, the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP has been probing allegations reported by Variety last month that Heather Parry, the head of Live Nation Productions, had verbally abused employees and used offensive language in the workplace. But the lead investigator, Elena Baca, seems to be just as interested in uncovering [...]

  • Leslie Moonves

    Leslie Moonves to Pursue Arbitration for His $120 Million Severance From CBS

    Former CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves will pursue an arbitration claim to fight CBS for the $120 million severance that he was denied last month when the company’s board of directors determined he was fired for cause. Moonves was ousted in September after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the longtime [...]

  • A view of the SK Telecom

    Korean OTT Players, SK Telecom Join Forces to Compete Against Netflix

    South Korea’s three major broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS have joined forces with the country’s leading telecom firm, SK Telecom, to launch a new video streaming platform. The move is regarded as a defensive reaction against the growing influence of foreign competitors, lead by Netflix. The broadcasters already jointly own Pooq, with MBC and SBS [...]

  • David Lubliner Moves to UTA From

    Veteran WME Agent David Lubliner to Join UTA

    William Morris Endeavor agent David Lubliner is departing the company for a post at United Talent Agency, individuals familiar with the move told Variety. The parting of ways was amicable, the insiders added. Lubliner was a veteran in WME’s motion picture literary department. Rumors of his exit had been floating since Hollywood reopened for the new [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content