Beacon shines on Devine

'House of D' exec producer upped

Zanne Devine has been appointed president of production for Armyan Bernstein’s Disney-based production company Beacon Pictures.

Devine, who most recently executive produced the upcoming pic “House of D,” has been an exec for the last 15 years and was president of the Kennedy/Marshall Co. and president of production for indie shingle Ovation Entertainment. She also served as senior VP at Polygram Filmed Entertainment and was VP of worldwide acquisitions and production at Universal Pictures.

In her new post, Devine will report to both Beacon CEO Charlie Lyons and chairman Bernstein.

“Zanne has great creative instincts and wonderful relationships throughout the film community,” said Bernstein. “Her experience, talent and leadership will be invaluable to both ourselves and our partners at Disney.”

Said Lyons: “Zanne … brings the wide-ranging experience of having been a creative executive on the studio side as well as having run an independent film company. It’s a powerful combination.”

Added Devine: “Beacon’s reputation for quality is unmatched, and nobody does distribution better than Disney. There are so many exciting projects ahead, I can’t wait to get started.”

Beacon inked a five-year co-financing and distribution deal with Walt Disney Studios last year. Shingle is partnering with Disney on Gary Marshall’s upcoming pic “Raising Helen,” starring Kate Hudson, and on the Jay Russell pic “Ladder 49,” starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix. Shingle is also about to start pre-production on “A Lot Like Love,” to be directed by Nigel Cole.

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