New York-based Kaufman, who joined New Line in 1992, has been senior VP of production and theater for the past four years. He’ll continue oversight of the development of New Line’s family films along with heading up the shingle’s musical theater operations.
The exec, who reports to production prexy Toby Emmerich, has overseen pics “Secondhand Lions,” “Raise Your Voice,” “Take the Lead,” “Martian Child,” “Hoot” and the adaptation of Broadway tuner “Hairspray.”
On the theatrical side, Kaufman oversaw New Line’s production of “Hairspray,” which earned eight Tonys. He’s collaborating with “Hairspray” producer Margo Lion on the upcoming Broadway version of “The Wedding Singer,” starring Stephen Lynch and Laura Benanti.
Kaufman’s also developing musical versions of New Line film “Secondhand Lions,” with Rupert Holmes, Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary writing, as well as “Elf” and “Don Juan de Marco.”
During his years as a music exec, Kaufman oversaw soundtracks for a variety of pics including “Rush Hour 2” and “Blade II.” He also wrote the screenplay for ABC telepic “Toothless.”
“Mark Kaufman has been an integral part of the amazing success our theatrical division has had with ‘Hairspray,’ ” said New Line co-chairman and co-CEO Michael Lynne. “In his new position, we are confident that he will continue to help us build on this foundation and grow our theatrical business.”
Kaufman was the first exec hired when New Line launched its music department in 1992. He was promoted several times before being named a veep in 1997.