So we know that Walden Media let go many many staff today. I’m told among those exiting are head of production Alex Schwartz and Executive VP Jackie Levine as well as the physical production department, public relations staff, music staff, legal staff, etc. Cary Granat is hanging by a thread: he will retain his CEO title but his reign is over and he’s now marginalized to just overseeing Narnia and other Walden franchises and some already “go” movies. (UPDATE: Sources close to Granat insist he’ll still be busy overseeing physical production, marketing, some development of films as well as a publishing label…) David Weil, the CEO of Anschutz Film Group which is Walden Media’s parent company, is really in charge. My sources say Weil offered Granat’s job to Disney’s Brigham Taylor (the exec behind the Pirates/Narnia films) but Brig declined. I hear Walden might bring in ex-Disney/Buena Vista bigwig Nina Jacobson to develop a new slate and a new team. All of Walden Media’s movies are shared with Disney, Fox or Summit.
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