Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 4, 2007
Veteran film executive and Academy Award winning producer Cathy Schulman, has been named President of Mandalay Pictures and newly formed Mandalay Independent today, January 4, 2007 by Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO of The Mandalay Entertainment Group.
Ms. Schulman will immediately assume her responsibilities for the development, production, distribution, oversight and branding of Mandalay's film slate. Schulman was last year's recipient of the 79th Annual Academy Award for best picture with the critically-acclaimed box office hit, Crash. She also produced The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, which is in current release.
"With a renewed capital commitment for feature films and a multi-year relationship with Universal Pictures we continue to be committed to the belief that the motion picture business will be the center post for Mandalay's multi-faceted entertainment enterprises. Cathy's attitude and aptitude are perfectly suited for today's challenging environment and we plan to support her with additional capital for executives and resources together with the fine and talented executives who currently run Mandalay," said Guber.
"It is a true pleasure to join Mandalay and play the lead role in creating a future profile for Mandalay Pictures. In joining a ten year old company and producer Peter Guber, who has created and produced so many terrific and successful films, I have a partner who will provide me with the resources and resourcefulness that will enable my experience and the films we create to be successful and special. It's our shared vision to produce both large scale and independent pictures that will be self-distinguishing in today's busy and competitive landscape. I am deeply committed to discovering and supporting filmmakers of vision while making Mandalay a continued home for film talent looking to make a difference in the world-wide motion picture landscape," says Schulman.
Schulman was most recently a partner in Bulls Eye Entertainment where she produced Sony's Thumbsucker. Before joining Bulls Eye she produced Lionsgate's Godsend starring Robert DeNiro. Schulman is currently wrapping a political documentary with her producer partner Don Cheadle involving the Sudan for Warner Independent and Participant Productions. Previous to Bulls Eye Entertainment, she ran APG, the production division of AMG; was an executive at Savoy Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Sovereign Pictures; and was a director of programming at the Sundance Film Festival during its formative years in the early 90's. Schulman has had a hand in numerous films from My Left Foot, Reversal of Fortune, Madness of King George and Much Ado about Nothing to Sidewalks of New York and Gangs of New York.
Mandalay Pictures, as part of The Mandalay Entertainment Group, has independently financed over three quarters of a billion dollars in feature films, including The Score (starring Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton), Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (starring Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken), I Know What You Did Last Summer (starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe), Wild Things (starring Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon and Neve Campbell), The Jacket (starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley), Seven Years in Tibet (starring Brad Pitt), Into the Blue (starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba), Deep End of the Ocean (starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Whoopi Goldberg), Les Miserables, Donnie Brasco (starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino), and Enemy at the Gates (starring Jude Law and Ed Harris). Among Peter Guber's producing credits prior to Mandalay are Midnight Express (starring Brad Davis), Flashdance (starring Jennifer Beals), The Color Purple (starring Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg), Gorillas in the Mist (starring Sigourney Weaver), Witches of Eastwick (starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer), Missing (starring Jack Lemmon), Batman (starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson) and the Oscar winner Rainman (starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman). Mandalay currently has a robust development slate heading into 2007.
In addition to its feature film operation, Mandalay Sports is a national sports entertainment provider. It is a leader in professional baseball with the most significant minor league franchises and stadiums nationwide. Franchises include affiliations with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and many other professional teams. Mandalay has a premier leadership team extending into brand integration as well as promotional sponsorship, which is continually growing out of its sports assets. Mandalay Television currently enters its second season with the critically acclaimed Brotherhood series on Showtime. Mandalay Television has just completed its first block of four feature films for the cable network Lifetime based upon Nora Roberts’ number one best-selling novels. Mandalay Television has produced a vast quantity of movies as well as dozens of television series for virtually all of the current outlets. Also under Mandalay’s assets is its strategic major investment in Mandalay Mosaic; which owns the Dick Clark Company, leading to the production of many highly acclaimed and annual award shows including “The Golden Globe Awards” and “The American Music Awards.” Mandalay also has a strategic position in GoFish - a robust user generated online content company.
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