Howsam lands prod’n post

Exec worked on 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Kangroo Jack'

Lorenzo di Bonaventura has hired Bruckheimer Films’ director of development Eric Howsam as VP of production at his Paramount-based shingle.

Howsam, who worked for four years at Disney-based Bruckheimer, Monday took up his post as a development/production exec. While at Bruckheimer, he was involved in development of “Black Hawk Down,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” “Kangaroo Jack,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Remember the Titans” and “King Arthur,” which is going into production this summer.

“We are very lucky to have Eric join the company,” di Bonaventura said. “Working for Bruckheimer has given him a really solid base. His energy and enthusiasm are going to be very helpful.”

Howsam broke into the business as an assistant at CAA before going to work for Mike Stenson at Touchstone. “I’m very impressed with Lorenzo’s slate and the sensibilities in terms of action-adventure, high-concept and genre projects,” he said.

After a decade as production chief at Warner Bros., di Bonaventura signed a three-year, first-look production deal with Paramount late last year and hired veteran exec Jeremy Steckler as a VP. The studio has acquired a half-dozen projects for him since then.

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