Ivey casts lot with Odd Lot

Exec to design financing structures for co.'s feature prod'ns

Laura Ivey has joined Odd Lot Entertainment in the newly created post of senior VP, business and legal affairs, and promoted Linda McDonough to senior VP of production and development.

Ivey will design financing structures for the company’s feature productions. Odd Lot is looking to expand its production slate, hoping to finance two or three films budgeted between $10 million and $40 million within the next 12 months.

Ivey also will field ancillary business opportunities for Odd Lot and parent Dee Gee Entertainment.

McDonough was hired in January 2003 to build and supervise the development slate, which includes Odd Lot’s first self-financed film, “Hooligans,” starring Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam and Claire Forlani. McDonough will receive associate or co-producer credit on most Odd Lot projects.

The company’s slate includes “Trap for Cinderella,” to be directed by Iain Softley; dark comedy “Fifty Percent,” to be produced with Steven Haft and Warner Independent Pictures; and supernatural thriller “The Reckoning,” to be produced with Lawrence Bender Prods.

Prior to Odd Lot, Ivey was VP business and legal affairs for Infinity Media, where she negotiated deals for “Saved,” “Prime Evil” and “Frailty,” among others. She also served as a business and legal affairs VP for First Look Media.

Before joining Odd Lot, McDonough served as VP of development for Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen’s Flower Films. During her four years at Flower, she worked on the development of both “Charlie’s Angels” pics as well as “Duplex,” “Donnie Darko” and “50 First Dates.” She also worked at 1013 Prods. and Twentieth Century Fox Television.