HOLLYWOOD — Production head-turned-producer Michael De Luca, who signed a first-look deal with Sony in March, is about to bring on a trio of key development/production execs, probably in the next week.
No paperwork has been signed, and De Luca may still consider other candidates, but his top choices include Josh Bratman, a creative exec at Strike Entertainment, and Alissa Ferguson, formerly of Zucker/Netter Prods. Prior to Zucker, Ferguson was director of development at Firm Films. Candidates for a third position are still being mulled.
Following the DreamWorks model, where De Luca most recently ran production, titles are verboten at his eponymous shingle.
The trio of hires would form an enviable group of creative execs given the opportunity to work at a young company alongside the former New Line wunder exec, who made his mark with movies such as “Boogie Nights” and “Austin Powers.”
De Luca’s DreamWorks stint was more lackluster, but the industry is eager to see what he’ll drum up as a solo producer.
So far he’s onboard to produce Col’s “Zathura,” based on the children’s fantasy book by Chris Van Allsburg.