In today's film news roundup, up-and-comer Anna Pniowsky books another role, Jonathan Demme's archive is donated and “Rachel Hollis Presents: Made For More" generates strong grosses.CASTINGAnna Pniowsky has been cast in a lead role in the independent comedy "Judy Small" opposite Rob Corddry, Alicia Silverstone, Haley Joel Osment, and Michaela Watkins.She will play the daughter of Silverstone's character, who persuades her husband to see a marriage counselor, the titular Judy Small, played by Watkins. The daughter is the first to...
Following 10 years as president and chief operating officer of DreamWorks Studios, Jeff Small was promoted to his current position in 2016 after he helped form Amblin Partners, the parent company of DreamWorks.
In his current role, Small oversees the company’s key business operations and works closely with chairman Steven Spielberg and CEO Michael Wright. He also manages all finance, business and legal affairs, physical production, human resources and communications and administration. Additionally, he supervises Amblin’s financial and distribution relationships.
Small guided the re-launch of DreamWorks Studios following its departure from Paramount Pictures in 2009. He helped the company secure $825 million in capital from India’s Reliance BIG Entertainment and various banks including JPMorgan Securities. He was also responsible for the company’s original distribution deal with Disney and expertly oversaw the negotiation of the company’s distribution deal with Universal Pictures. Universal bought a minority stake in Amblin Partners in February.
Before DreamWorks, Small worked at Revolution Studios for six years, first as head of strategic planning and business development, before being promoted to chief financial officer and then chief operating officer. During that time, he supervised a $750 million recapitalization of the studio and its library.
Small began his career at the Walt Disney Co. Motion Picture Group and also spent several years at Universal Studios. The Marietta, Ga., native graduated from Stanford University in 1995 with a degree in public policy.