EXCLUSIVE: Peter Lawson will leave The Weinstein Company shortly to become president of production at Thunder Road, Basil Iwanyk’s Warner Bros-based producing shingle. Lawson has been executive vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at TWC, a key member of Harvey Weinstein’s deal making team. Lawson joined TWC two years ago from Miramax Films. He spent four years at Miramax, until Disney put the brakes on the company before selling the library. Lawson worked on such films as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Happy Go Lucky. Before that, he’d been at First Look, bringing in such films as Andrew Dominik’s Chopper and the John Hillcoat-directed The Proposition.
Lawson got more involved on the production side at The Weinstein Company on films that include the Hillcoat-directed The Wettest County in the World and the Dominik-directed Cogan’s Trade. He also worked on acquisitions like The Iron Lady, and the documentaries The Tillman Story and Undefeated. After working primarily on the acquisitions side for 13 years, Lawson felt he’d taken that side of the business as far as he wanted to.
Instead, he decided to focus fully on the development and production side of the business and found a good fit with Iwanyk. Lawson met Iwanyk when Miramax looked to acquire Brooklyn’s Finest, which Iwanyk produced. Thunder Road’s recent films include The Town, the recently wrapped sequels Wrath of the Titans and Expendables 2 and the Jeff Bridges-starrer The Seventh Son. I’m told Lawson will start his new job by month’s end.
Dylan Sellers is negotiating to take the reins of production and acquisitions for The Weinstein Company. Those plans will be solidified shortly.