Big Beach gets first-look with Back Lot

'Sunshine' deal brought companies together

Big Beach partners Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf have made a first-look deal with producer Glenn Williamson and his Back Lot Pictures label.

Deal came out of “Sunshine Cleaning,” a project Williamson brought to producer and financing company Big Beach. Pic, which stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin and Clifton Collins Jr., premiered at Sundance and will be distributed by Overture Films.

Williamson has brought aboard Brian Schornak as VP of productions. He had been development director at Laurence Mark Prods.

Williamson, the former production president at Focus and exec at DreamWorks, was a producer on “Hollywoodland” and exec producer on “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He’s in post-production on Josh Goldin-directed film “Wonderful World” and Summit Entertainment’s Paul McGuigan-helmed “Push.”

Back Lot’s also developing an E. Max Frye-scripted adaptation of J. Robert Lennon novel “The Funnies” for New Line and Robert Alexander novel “The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar.”

“Glenn has a great eye for material and rare understanding of the producing process from start to finish,” Turtletaub said.

Williamson said: “I had a very rewarding experience working with Marc and Peter on ‘Sunshine Cleaning,’ and the three of us have a genuine shared sensibility about material and a passion for working with directors and writers with a strong point of view and original voices.”

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