Bold Films, one of the expanding monied production companies, has gotten a couple sharp executive to steer its movies. Chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters have brought Matthew Rhodes over from running the specialty label Mandalay Vision. He will become president of Motion Pictures for Bold, and oversee the development and production departments. He reports to Litvak and Walters. They’ve also appointed vet Jeffrey Stott to head up physical production.
Rhodes joined Mandalay Vision in 2011, and was a producer on the Marjane Satrapi-directed Sundance pic The Voices, which starred Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver. He’s also a producer on the Gilles Paquet-Brenner-directed adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places which stars Charlize Theron. Rhodes also produced the Lionsgate Bruce Willis-starrer Fire With Fire and Sony’s Bad Country, which stars Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe. Before that, he ran his own shingle, Persistent Entertainment, and produced 20 films including the Lasse Halstrom-directed An Unfinished Life. He started as an assistant to producer Scott Rudin.
He comes to Bold after the company won the Sundance Grand Jury prize and Audience Award for Whiplash, with Sony Pictures Classics releasing after the film plays Cannes, and has the Ryan Gosling-directed Lost River screening at Cannes before it is released by Warner Bros.
Said Litvak: “Matt’s proven ability to work closely and constructively with A-list actors, directors, writers and producers will enable us to build an even more supportive and exciting environment for independent Hollywood.” Walters added the timing is important. “His terrific creative abilities, deep production experience and broad talent and agency relationships will drive our development, production and packaging activity to an even higher level. We are especially determined to expand into larger budgeted projects with proven A-list talent.”
Bold has also bolstered its below-the-line, setting Stott as EVP Production. He will oversee the company’s physical production activities. You might remember his name from the credit roll on Seinfeld, but his films have included When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men at Castle Rock, Drive and 2 Guns.
“We are fortunate to bring Jeff even deeper into the Bold family after our outstanding experiences with him as an executive producer on Drive and Lost River. We will benefit immensely from his wisdom and commitment to infuse studio and network caliber production values into all our projects,” said Litvak.
Additionally, Alex Coffee has been promoted to VP Legal Affairs and Zoe Engling to Creative Coordinator.