LOS ANGELES, CA (May 30, 2012) – Mark Sourian has signed a first-look production deal with DreamWorks Studios, it was announced today by Stacey Snider, Co-Chair and CEO of DreamWorks. Sourian has increasingly taken on an expanded role on the projects he was overseeing for the studio and expressed an interest in shifting his responsibilities from studio executive to producer on those projects. For DreamWorks, Sourian’s new role will put one of its most skilled executives on some of the studio’s most high profile projects, several of which are being fast-tracked for starts later this year. Sourian will take fuller responsibility for seeing projects all the way through every stage of production.

Among the projects that Sourian will join include “Need for Speed” and “Starbuck,” both recent acquisitions by the studio with start dates in the next six to nine months, as well as “A Dog’s Purpose.” Sourian will remain at the company’s Universal lot based offices.

“Mark is a trusted and valuable member of our team. We all rely on him for his impeccable taste, his great strength with story and his unrivaled work ethic,” said Stacey Snider. “Mark has spent his entire career to date at DreamWorks and we expect to see his tenure continue far into the future. Mark is going to be an excellent producer and we’re so gratified that he’ll be doing it for us.”

“Mark’s passion for our projects has been unflagging and, as a director, that’s something you always want in your producer,” said Steven Spielberg. “I am so happy for Mark as he takes on the mantle of producer and even happier that he’ll be doing so on some of DreamWorks’ projects.”

“Much of my professional career has been spent at DreamWorks and I am grateful for the support of Steven and Stacey, especially now as I make this transition,” said Mark Sourian. “Their faith and guidance has prepared me for this next step and I look forward to continuing my association with DreamWorks.”

Mark Sourian is a long-time DreamWorks employee and has been its Co-President of Production for the last three years. He joined DreamWorks in 1997 as a development assistant and worked his way up the ranks. During his tenure he has shepherded projects such as the box office smash “The Ring” and its sequel “The Ring 2,” the Academy Award nominated film “House of Sand and Fog,” “Red Eye,” “The Kite Runner,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “I Love You, Man” and “Real Steel.” Prior to joining DreamWorks, Sourian worked for Scott Rudin.