EXCLUSIVE: Carla Hacken has been named president of production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Hacken, who set up a producing label at DreamWorks after a 15-year tenure as an executive at Fox 2000 and a short stay at New Regency, will start her new job March 17. She will oversee both film and TV projects for Sidney Kimmel’s company.
Hacken seems well suited to return to the executive suite. Hired at Fox 2000 from ICM by Laura Ziskin, she worked closely with Elizabeth Gabler and oversaw such Fox 2000 films as Walk The Line, The Devil Wears Prada, Unfaithful, The Family Stone, and the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and Percy Jackson franchises. “Carla is a dynamic, creative executive who brings with her a wealth of experience and an undisputed respect and standing in the business,” said SKE president Jim Tauber. “Her leadership, insights and obvious skills will be invaluable to SKE as we expand our film and television production.”
Hacken tells me she hopes to bring to SKE some of the projects she set at her DreamWorks-based Paper Pictures label. Among those are Francesca Haig’s science fiction trilogy Fire Sermon, which Nicole Perlman is writing; the non-fiction book proposal The Noble Assassin along with Michael Sugar and Anonymous Content, about a WWII French aristocrat who joined the British Special Operations before helping organize the French resistance, with True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga attached to direct; the Lionsgate-based thriller The Leaves with Gotham Chopra; Suess, the Black List script that has Colin Firth attached to play children’s author Theodor Geisel; an adaptation of Ruth Reichl’s Delicious; and The Man Who Forgot His Wife for CBS Films. There are television projects in the mix as well, including an adaptation of the Wendy Ruderman/Barbara Laker memoir Busted, with Prada’s David Frankel attached to direct and produce with Hacken.
“I am truly looking forward to working with Sidney and Jim,” Hacken said. “SKE is aggressively developing and producing numerous projects, and Sidney and Jim have an exciting vision for the company. I am thrilled to dive in and help SKE realize that vision.”