Elishia Holmes, former SVP Production/Development at Scott Free, Lucy Kitada (Global Produce) and former UTA agent Johnny Pariseau have been hired at Michael De Luca’s company to serve as production executives. All three will start immediately and report directly to De Luca, and be based at the company’s West Hollywood offices.
After the hacking scandal that triggered a management shakeup at Sony Pictures Entertainment, De Luca left Sony as president of production earlier this year to return to producing. He went back to producing the Fifty Shades Of Grey saga at Universal and made an overall, first-look deal with the studio. Since then, he has been acquiring projects. De Luca also quickly made a deal with his former employer, New Line Cinema, to produce Dukes Of Oxy, with Ansel Elgort to star.
While at Scott Free, Holmes developed films such as the Blade Runner sequel (now being directed by Denis Villeneuve) and Exodus. Holmes also shepherded the sci-fi thriller Morgan, with Luke Scott making his directorial debut, as well as Narco Sub, with Liam Neeson attached to star. Also, Wool, which is based on the best-selling book series, which Nicole Perlman is adapting. Prior to working at Scott Free, she served as a production executive at Warner Bros, where she worked on Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight, Crazy Stupid Love and The Book Of Eli. She began her career at William Morris Agency and got her first break as a story editor at Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s company Parkes-MacDonald.
Kitada was most recently the director of development at Global Produce, where she worked in features and television. Prior to Global Produce, she worked at Disney, DreamWorks and at Gran Via Productions on such films and TV shows including Saving Mr. Banks, The Help and Breaking Bad.
Pariseau is transitioning from his position as an agent in the book department of UTA, where he represented authors, journalists and nontraditional intellectual property for film and TV. He worked with clients such as the Elmore Leonard estate, Ariel S. Winter, Matthew Ward, Robin Givhan and Conn Iggulden. He joined UTA in 2010 and was promoted to agent in April 2013.