Graham King’s GK Films continues to bolster its ranks. King and partner Tim Headington have named David Crockett to the post of executive vice president, and set Elishia Holmes to be GK vice president of development. This follows the hiring of Sony president of Worldwide Affairs Peter Schlessel to become GK Films president. It also follows the unconfirmed reports that respected executive Bob Berney will come aboard to start an independent distribution company for King and Headington. GK also renewed its deal with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil.
Crockett just worked with GK Films after being the exec producer of the Ben Affleck-directed crime drama The Town. Crockett previously worked with Affleck on his directing debut Gone Baby Gone, and Crockett has producing credits on films ranging from the Will Smith-starrer Seven Pounds to the Denzel Washington-directed The Great Debaters and The Amityville Horror.
Holmes just gave notice this week to Warner Bros picture chiefs Jeff Robinov and Greg Silverman. I’m told she’s a well regarded young exec who worked on The Book of Eli and Sherlock Holmes and oversaw the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed Flipped. She came to Warner Bros after serving as story editor for producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. She is the second Warner Bros exec to leave, after Jairo Alvarado cemented plans to switch to manager at 3 Arts.
The news comes as Sony announced a production start on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the novel adaptation that Martin Scorsese is directing for GK and Depp’s Infinitum Nihil. It’s one of the two pictures per year that GK is financing and running through Sony’s distribution and marketing pipeline. The final cast includes Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths. The other GK picture going through Sony is the Deep-Angelina Jolie-starrer The Tourist.