EXCLUSIVE: New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston has named Valerie Van Galder to be President of Marketing. At the same time, The Weinstein Company’s Tim Clawson has been hired to be New Regency’s EVP/Head of Physical Production, and Mandeville Films SVP David Manpearl is coming aboard as VP Production.
Weston, the former production president at Paramount and Dimension, was hired less than a year by New Regency majority owner Arnon Milchan to refashion the company into an enterprise that would make the kind of ballsy and memorable filmmaker-driven films that once distinguished the company, back when Milchan generated L.A. Confidential, Heat, JFK and Fight Club. Weston has slowly been putting his own team in place, including production president Carla Hacken and EVP Production Alexandra Milchan; TV head Andrew Plotkin; CFO Mimi Tseng and COO Jonathan Fisher. Weston said Van Galder is a big hire for the company, and he feels New Regency has the final major pieces of its executive team in place, at a time with the film slate has begun to bear fruit.
The first film under the new regime will be the Allen Hughes-directed Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, followed by the Brad Furman-directed Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake; the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt; the Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah with Crowe, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly; and the Shawn Levy-directed comedy The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
“We’ve put together the final pieces of the company at an exciting time when we have four films going this summer, and more behind that,” Weston told me. Broken City will be released by Fox on January 18, 2013, Runner, Runner will be slotted for release next year by Fox as will Twelve Years A Slave. The Internship will be released by Fox on June 28, 2013, and Noah will be released first quarter of 2014 by Paramount. Behind that is Beat The Reaper for HBO, the James Gray-directed Gray Man with Pitt, and a FraggleRock movie with the Jim Henson Company and Montecito.
The big news here is the hiring of Van Galder, who will replace John Hegeman, the former co-founder of Fox Atomic who will leave the company shortly. Van Galder last served as Columbia Pictures President of Marketing in 2009 and has since been a consultant for Walden Media, Disney, John Wells, Matthew Vaughn, Vendome, Summit and Facebook. She is a seasoned vet who has been at it for over 20 years at Sony, Fox Searchlight and other companies, and, according to New Regency, launched over 25 No 1 hits at Sony, including The Da Vinci Code, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Hancock and Spider-Man 3. She will start the job in August and develop marketing and creative positioning for the growing New Regency film slate. She will work with the TV and digital divisions as well.
“Valerie brings an incredible wealth of marketing experience to New Regency,” said Weston. “I could not be more excited to welcome her to our executive leadership team. Armed with creativity, talent and energy, she is the perfect candidate to market the roll-out of our upcoming film, television and digital projects.”
Clawson starts physical production work on Twelve Years A Slave and Runner, Runner, while planning for the next slate. He was EVP Physical and Post Production for The Weinstein Company and held posts at Miramax and Dimension when Weston ran the latter division with Andrew Rona.
At Mandeville, Manpearl worked on such films as The Muppets and was executive producer on the upcoming film 21 And Over. He served a previous stint at McG’s Wonderland.