Holly Bario and Mark Sourian have been named co-presidents of production for the new DreamWorks venture.
Move had been widely expected (Daily Variety, Sept. 25) given the pair’s on-the-rise status at DreamWorks, which broke away from Paramount Pictures last month, throwing the fate of 150 staffers into limbo.
After the split was official, DreamWorks CEO and co-chairman Stacey Snider was finally allowed to begin negotiating with the executives she wanted to bring over to the new venture.
Bario and Sourian will step in to the post vacated by Adam Goodman, who moved to Paramount to oversee the development of former DreamWorks projects that the Melrose studio inherited in the split.
“Holly and Mark are two of the most talented creative executives who have ever worked with us,” Snider said. “I’ve worked with Holly since our days at TriStar, and I’ve relied immensely on her judgment and skills; and I have worked closely with Mark over the past 2½ years as he has shepherded many successful films.”
Bario left Universal earlier this year and rejoined former U chair Snider at DreamWorks. She signed a one-year contract, knowing that DreamWorks would likely leave Paramount by fall. Move became irrelevant after Par released its hold on any DreamWorks staffers, allowing Snider to cherry-pick the execs she sought.
During her decade at Universal, the comedy-savvy Bario eventually rose to exec VP of production and oversaw such films as “Bruce Almighty,” “Meet the Parents” and its sequel, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” Before U, she worked for Marc Platt at TriStar Prods.
Sourian, a one-time assistant to Scott Rudin, joined DreamWorks in 1997 as a development assistant and worked his way up the ranks. He has shepherded such films as “The Ring” and its sequel, “House of Sand and Fog,” “Red Eye,” “The Kite Runner,” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”