A major management firm is losing a key partner.
Geyer Kosinski is ankling as a managing partner of Industry Entertainment to set up his own management and production firm, Media Talent Group. He plans to move his company into Westwood offices next month.
Industry’s remaining partners, founders Keith Addis and Nick Wechsler, will continue operations under the Industry name.
Kosinski will continue to produce certain features with Wechsler, including “Bitten,” which is set up at Warner Bros. Pictures with client Angelina Jolie to star. Script was written by Alexander Stuart with a rewrite by Michael Cristofer, both Kosinski clients.
Following his lead
Kosinski will bring all of his clients to his new shop, including hyphenates Billy Bob Thornton and Forest Whitaker, thesps Jolie and Milla Jovovich and scribes Dean Georgaris, Mitch Glazer and Gina Wendkos. Producer-directors include Jon Avnet and Griffin Dunne.
Kosinski is expected to take additional partners at MTG, which will include a film financing element in its operations. Some Industry employees also are expected to join Kosinski’s upstart staff.
Kosinski, who negotiated his exit a few months before the expiration of his partnership agreement, oversaw business operations at Industry, in addition to his management and production responsibilities.
Industry has about 15 managers and producers, with about 30 support staff. Industry also has a first-look deal at Warners that ends next September.
Sorvino, Ulrich among clients
Kosinski joined the company in 1997 under the Addis-Wechsler moniker. He became an equity partner when it was renamed Industry the next year and a managing partner in 2001. His client list also includes directors D.J. Caruso (“Taking Lives) and Daniel Myrick (“The Blair Witch Project”), writers W. Peter Iliff (“Under Suspicion”) and Kurt Voelker (“Sweet November”), thesps Mira Sorvino, Skeet Ulrich and Sara Foster (“D.E.B.S.”), Blink-182 lead singer and bassist Mark Hoppus, actress-singer Willa Ford and veteran second-unit helmer Simon Crane (“Troy,” the upcoming “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”).
Kosinski, who is an exec producer with Addis and Casady on ABC’s “Hope & Faith,” earned an exec producing credit on Jolie starrer “Beyond Borders” and will have producing credits on the Thornton starrers “Fade Out,” directed by Cristofer, and Paramount Pictures’ remake of “The Bad News Bears,” as well as the Glazer-penned “Hail Mary” at Revolution Studios.
Industry’s producing credits include sitcom “Becker” and features “Quills,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “25th Hour” and “The Yards.” Industry is in post on Lions Gate Films’ “The Final Cut,” which stars Robin Williams opposite Sorvino, and “Fierce People,” directed by Dunne and starring Diane Lane.
Other upcoming Industry productions include Warners’ “Class Action,” with Charlize Theron to star, and Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain.”
Before becoming a manager, Kosinski was an agent at the William Morris Agency for five years.