Barnett breathes Atmoshere

Kimsey, Thomas also tapped by shingle

Atmosphere Entertainment has appointed former Artists Production Group senior VP Steve Barnett as executive VP motion picture production.

Creative execs Ray Kimsey and Silenn Thomas also have joined the Atmosphere staff. Barnett reports to company president Bernie Goldmann, with Kimsey and Thomas reporting to Barnett.

Barnett was most recently the primary executive on Tom Clancy’s “Red Rabbit,” which is being adapted by Robert Rodat, as well as the “Rainbow Six” franchise, both of which are set up at Paramount Pictures.

In addition to spending four years at APG, he served as VP at Di Novi Pictures and as director of development at Lobell/Bergman Prods.

Kimsey held acquisitions posts at Village Roadshow and Cinequanon Pictures before exec producing the short film “Swing Blade” and the feature “Chump Change.” He earned a master of fine arts degree at the American Film Institute and recently directed his first doc, “Yatra, a Journey in Tibet.”

Thomas served as director of development for Luc Besson and worked with British stage director David Leveaux under his deal with USA Films. She was Mike Figgis’ assistant on “Cold Creek Manor” and was hired by Atmosphere principal Mark Canton to work on “Taking Lives.”

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