In his new role, Brody will join Holly Bario in overseeing the company’s team of creative executives and will guide films produced under the company’s Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners. Bario has risen through the ranks of Amblin since coming aboard in 2008. The pair will report to Chairman and CEO Steven Spielberg and Co-CEO Jeff Small.
Previously, Brody worked at Alex Kurtzman’s production company Secret Hideout, where he executive produced “The Mummy,” a re-imagining of the classic horror film starring Tom Cruise that stumbled at the box office. He was previously the president of production at Focus Features, where he scored with the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” and helped acquire and produced “Kill the Messenger,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
“We are delighted to welcome Jeb to our company,” said Spielberg in a statement. “His experience as a production executive and producer is the perfect complement to Holly’s many proven talents which we have benefited from for over a decade. We know their creative partnership will serve us well into the future.”
Small added, “It’s terrific that Jeb is joining our team at a time when we are ramping up an exciting slate of Amblin and DreamWorks films. Holly continues to be integral to our growth as a company, and we know that she and Jeb will be great stewards of our brands.”
It’s a time of change at Amblin. Last month, Michael Wright was pushed out as Amblin’s CEO. His exit came as the company had struggled to ramp up its development pipeline, something Brody’s hire may help remedy. Upcoming releases include two Spielberg-directed pictures, “The Post” and “Ready Player One,” in addition to “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” an adaptation of the popular children’s book.
Brody began in the movie business making independent films as a founding partner at Big Beach. In that capacity, he produced a number of films and documentaries, including “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Sherrybaby,” and “Chop Shop.” He later helped launch Vendome Pictures, working on “Larry Crowne” and “Source Code.”
“Becoming part of a company led by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Brody said in a statement. “I’m honored to be joining Steven, Jeff, Holly and the whole team at Amblin and I look forward to much exciting work in the future.”