Vet Producer Paula Weinstein Joins Tribeca As Exec Veep

Too busy breaking stuff this morning to eyeball the press releases, but here’s one worth noting: Paula Weinstein, who has forgotten more about producing that a lot of producers know about producing, has taken a job as EVP of Tribeca Enterprises. Weinstein, who has produced such films as The Perfect Storm, Analyze This and Blood Diamond, gets a nice landing place at a time when things are tough for producers, and when the good projects take so damn long. That includes In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex, the Nathaniel Philbrick book about the real story of the destruction unleashed by the white whale that informed Moby Dick. I first broke news about this project more than 12 years ago at Daily Variety, and this gritty grueling tale of  shipwreck, courage and cannibalism has been through a who’s who of top directors over the years. Finally it looks like it might happen with Ron Howard at the helm and Chris Hemsworth in the starring role. What are you supposed to do for dough when you have to pay staff to develop these and other long-gestating pictures gestate and studio producer deals are as hard to find as white whales? Here’s the release: (more…)

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