Larry Wasserman has joined Skydance Productions in the newly created role of Chief Financial Officer. He will oversee Skydance’s finance, accounting, and administrative operations, as well as back up new initiatives of a company that right now is flying on all cylinders. Skydance CEO David Ellison hired Wasserman, who most recently was CFO for DreamWorks and spent a decade there, helping secure $1 billion in funding through Reliance and JP Morgan Chase. Before that, Wasserman worked for Universal.
“Larry’s wealth of knowledge and depth of experience make him the perfect addition to our company as we continue to grow and expand our film and television business,” Ellison said.
Skydance has become a franchise factory, aligned with Paramount Pictures. They just wrapped the first installment of the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Genisys for July 1, 2015 release, and are shooting Mission: Impossible 5 with Chris McQuarrie and Tom Cruise; Star Trek 3 with Robert Orci at the helm and the global disaster pic Geostorm with Dean Devlin directing follows. Jack Reacher, World War Z and G.I. Joe all have next installments in the works. Though a disappointment compared to its predecessor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit might also have life left in it, even if they focus on Kevin Costner’s character as they’ve mulled doing. On the TV side, Skydance launched the A-bomb series Manhattan for WGN America with Sam Shaw and Tommy Schlamme; Grace And Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is next, written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris for a 13-episode first season on Netflix next year.