SANTA MONICA, January 14, 2014 – Global film and television studio Miramax today announced that veteran producer and industry executive Zanne Devine has been named Executive Vice President, Production and Development of Miramax, effective immediately.
Reporting to Miramax Chairman, Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., and Miramax CEO, Steve Schoch, Devine will lead content acquisition, production and development for Miramax, overseeing both film and television.
For the last three years, Devine has been working with Miramax as a producer and strategic advisor on production and development opportunities related to the company’s extensive film library. Currently, Devine is shepherding a number of high profile film and TV projects on behalf of Miramax, including Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York TV series; Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn TV series, which is currently in production; and The Ninth Life of Louis Drax written by Max Minghella.
Additional TV series currently in development under Devine include Mimic from writer John Shiban and The Prophecy with writer and director Gregory Widen.
The volume of projects will grow measurably as Miramax recently entered into a multi-year, multi-title film, television and live stage co-production and co-distribution agreement with The Weinstein Company involving library-derived and original development projects covering some of the most iconic titles in the Miramax library. Devine will play a key role in bringing these projects to fruition.
“We are very excited to make Zanne’s relationship with Miramax official as we enter what we believe will be a significant expansionary period for the company,” said Barrack. “Zanne brings tremendous strength as an award-winning film producer and seasoned entertainment executive with passion and vision for current projects and the future of Miramax. We look forward to Zanne’s input and contributions as Miramax commits itself to creating content that supports its return to prominence as a major supplier of new, smart, provocative, quality entertainment.”
Devine added: “I am thrilled to be working with Tom, Steve and the Miramax team as we build on this already incredible library of titles. It’s an exciting time at Miramax, as we continue working to deepen our relationships with the creative community and increasingly focus on bringing new film and television production forward.”
Devine has produced a broad array of projects on behalf of major studios. Prior to working with Miramax, Devine executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning Cinema Verite (Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini), and critically acclaimed box office success Easy A (Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci) for Sony/Screen Gems, which won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie in 2011.
As President of Production at Beacon Pictures, Devine executive produced Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures’ films The Guardian (Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher) and A Lot Like Love (Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet), Universal Home Entertainment’s Bring it On: All or Nothing (Hayden Panettiere), and Scott Z. Burns’ award-winning directorial debut, PU-239 (Paddy Considine, Radha Mitchell), for HBO Films.
Prior to joining Beacon, Devine served as President of The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Senior Vice President of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, and Vice President of Production and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures.
In 2011, Devine Co-founded Pacific Northwest Pictures, an independent Canadian distribution company.
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot – as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, including four Best Picture awards. Miramax’s world-class global distribution team has successfully brought its acclaimed collection of titles to existing and emerging platforms in nearly every country in the world.
Miramax was purchased in 2010 by Qatar Holding, together with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital, and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with a sales office in London. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, “like” the company on Facebook and follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.
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