Boyle named head of UCLA film dept.

Producer credits include 'Phenomenon,' 'Bottle Rocket'

This article was corrected on April 29, 2003.

Veteran producer and exec Barbara Boyle, who has been president of Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures for the past three years, has been named chair of the UCLA Dept. of Film, Television and Digital Media.

“Barbara Boyle’s stellar career embodies the school’s commitment, combining the highest standard of professionalism with an uncompromising spirit of independence,” school dean Robert Rosen said.

Hurd said she is searching for a replacement for Boyle, adding that they first met on Hurd’s first day in Hollywood at New World Pictures. “She’s always been a great mentor to me and she’s going to be an inspiration to a new generation of filmmakers,” Hurd added.

Valhalla has produced “The Hulk” for Universal for release in June and is in pre-production for “The Punisher” with Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad. It’s also developing “Aeon Flux” with MTV Films and “Micronauts” with Emmett/Furla Films.

Boyle’s credits as a producer include “Instinct,” “The Hi-Line,” “Bottle Rocket,” “Mrs. Munck,” “Eight Men Out” and “Phenomenon.”

“Barbara is deeply experienced and deeply passionate and both those characteristics will be extraordinary for UCLA students,” said “Phenomenon” helmer Jon Turteltaub. “She’s non-cynical and was very supportive of me as a young director, so I think she’ll do very well at UCLA.”

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and serves on the Executive Branch Committee.

Before joining Valhalla, she co-founded and headed Sovereign Pictures, which financed and distributed internationally 25 films, including “My Left Foot,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “Impromptu,” “Hamlet” and “The Commitments.”

Boyle also served as exec VP of production at RKO Pictures, which produced “Plenty,” “Half Moon Street” and “Hamburger Hill,” and was senior VP of worldwide production at Orion Pictures, where she supervised “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “The Terminator,” “Platoon” and “Robocop.” She also led Roger Corman’s New World Pictures as chief operating officer and exec VP and was responsible for acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to “The Story of Adele H.,” “The Tin Drum,” “Cries & Whispers” and “Breaker Morant.”

Boyle began her career as corporate counsel for American International Pictures in 1965, then entered private practice as a partner in the entertainment law firm of Cohen & Boyle. She was a charter member of Women in Film, the org’s president in 1977-78, a board member from 1990-93 and received the Crystal Award in 2000.

In 1999, Boyle was named Alumna of the Year by the UCLA School of Law, where she is a founding member and current co-chair of the Entertainment Advisory Council. She serves on the Board of Independent Feature Projects West and was president from 1994-99.

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