BREAKING: In a move that has been rumored now for two months, former Universal Pictures EVP Dylan Clark has joined Scott Stuber‘s Bluegrass Films as a partner who’ll oversee film and television. It reunites the duo, who worked together from 2001-2005 when Stuber was Universal vice chairman. Clark had been developing films as a producer since leaving Chernin Entertainment, where he helped reboot a franchise with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. The move follows the exit of Pam Abdy from Bluegrass to take the president post at New Regency. “Dylan is the perfect fit for the company,” said Stuber. “We have a great working relationship and have been friends for a long time and I can’t think of a better person to help Bluegrass Films continue to grow.” Clark takes the post as Stuber readies Seth MacFarlane’s Ted followup A Million Ways To Die In The West, Kill The Messenger and Ted 2, which starts production in Spring 2014.
Said Clark: “I’m excited to start this next chapter in my career with the folks at Bluegrass.”
Clark left Universal to launch Peter Chernin’s film division in 2009, producing Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Parental Guidance, and Oblivion. He was executive producer on The Heat and when he left Chernin, he went right off to produce the sequel Dawn of The Planet of the Apes, which Fox releases July 11, 2014. Clark spent eight years working in production at the studio, overseeing films that included Friday Night Lights, Dawn of the Dead, Children Of Men, Cinderella Man, The Good Shepherd, The Kingdom and Charlie Wilson’s War. He came to Universal from MGM where he had been development director. Prior to that, Clark was an aide to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in D.C.
Clark was well-liked during his long stint at Universal, and chairman Donna Langley said she was glad he’s back on the Uni lot. “Over the years, Dylan and Scott have made tremendous contributions to Universal and they are truly part of our family,” she said. “They will be a formidable team for Bluegrass and Universal and we look forward to collaborating with them on many more hit films.”