Development: Busy K/M taps Jackson sr. vp

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Matt Jackson has joined the Kennedy/Marshall Co. as senior vp.

Jackson, who worked at Paramount and before that at Universal, will work with the company's development department and be part of the producing group. As with other members of the senior team, he will have the opportunity to act as a producer with company principals Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall on the movies he develops.

"We were looking for someone who can actually develop and take the movie through the greenlight phase, and he is totally capable of doing that," Marshall said. "He is going to be a great addition to our company. I worked with him at Universal when we did the first two 'Bourne' films, and he was there in their creative executive department. I just thought he was real sharp and had a great story sense."

Kennedy/Marshall is expanding its ranks as it is as busy as it has ever been. The company has two movies in production — Wayne Kramer's "Crossing Over" and "Benjamin Button" with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett — and has "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles" in post. It also has "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Persepolis" In Competition at Cannes, and it's prepping the fourth installment of the "Indiana Jones" series.

During his tenure at Universal, Jackson helped supervise such movies as the Weitz brothers' "About a Boy," "American Pie 2" and "In Good Company" as well as the "Bourne" franchise. Other films he worked on were "Along Came Polly," "Undercover Brother" and "Big Fat Liar." At Paramount, he oversaw "Jackass Number Two" as well as "Last Holiday" starring Queen Latifah.

Jackson takes his post June 11.
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