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Miramax’s Wachtell doubles duties

Exec to o'see pix in development at Dimension, too

Dimension Films has named Jennifer Wachtell VP of production, creating a double-duty position for the exec, who concurrently has been upped from veep to senior vice prexy of development at Miramax.

Wachtell will report to co-presidents Andrew Rona and Brad Weston at Dimension; at Miramax, she will continue to report to co-prexys of production Meryl Poster and Bob Osher, and to exec VP of European production and development Colin Vaines.

Remake maven

Starting at Dimension immediately, Wachtell will oversee projects in ongoing development such as the “Harvey” and “Bell, Book and Candle” remakes.

“Jennifer has been a very valuable executive at Miramax for many years, and we are so pleased that she will now be working with the Dimension label as well,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chair of Dimension Films.

Projects that Wachtell will continue to nurture at Miramax include adaptations of the books “The Nanny Diaries,” “Artemis Fowl,” “Philo Farnsworth,” “Cricket in Times Square” and “The Secret History.” She also is steering the Ben Stiller-Drew Barrymore starrer “Duplex” through post-production.

‘Tremendous talent’

“Jen has tremendous talent, instinct and success in developing projects,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “While we know she’ll make great contributions to Dimension, we’re happy that she’ll be continuing to bring projects to Miramax, too.”

Prior to her four years at Miramax, Wachtell worked with Irwin Winkler’s and Harrison Ford’s companies.

In a separate Dimension appointment, Brendan Deneen has joined the company as director of development, focusing primarily on tapping the book market for film properties. Previously, Deneen worked as a story editor at Scott Rudin Prods..

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