Goldsmith-Thomas, MGM pact
EmptyMGM has inked an overall production pact with former Revolution Studios partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and her Goldsmith-Thomas Prods.
During her seven years at Revolution, Goldsmith-Thomas produced such female-driven films as "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Maid in Manhattan."
It marks one of the first production deals inked by the revamped studio. MGM also has a producing pact with Robert Simonds, among others that carried over from the studio's former regime.
"It's a statement to the industry that MGM will be making movies, not just distributing them," said Goldsmith-Thomas, who is negotiating to bring about a half-dozen projects from Revolution with her.
While at Revolution, Goldsmith-Thomas developed and produced a slate of films that included the Brittany Murphy starrer "Little Black Book," the Halle Berry topliner "Perfect Stranger" and several telefilms based on the American Girl dolls.
"The key for me is that they opened up their library to us (for potential remakes)," she said. "When you don't have to get the rights, then you are one step closer to making that movie a reality."
Additionally, Ian Mohr and Jared Mass will join Marisa Yeres as vps development at the shingle. Mohr, a former New York bureau chief at The Hollywood Reporter, will be based in New York alongside Yeres. Mass, a one-time creative executive with Walden Media, will work in the shingle's office at MGM's Century City headquarters.
"Elaine is one of those unique forces in the film business that has seen success as a producer, executive and talent representative, and we look to her to bring all of her vast knowledge and experience as well as her relationships with Hollywood's top talent to projects for MGM," MGM COO Rick Sands said.
She is in production with HBO Films and Picturehouse on "Kit Kittredge, an American Girl Mystery," which stars Abigail Breslin. Goldsmith-Thomas, a former senior vp at ICM, will produce the theatrical release alongside her one-time client Julia Roberts.
At ICM, Goldsmith-Thomas' roster also included Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Jennifer Connelly, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Darren Star, Rupert Everett, Matt Dillon and Spike Lee.
Mohr most recently was boxoffice editor at Daily Variety. He also was a freelance copywriter for Warner Bros. International and Sony International and a marketing executive at Pearson Television in Los Angeles.
At Walden, Mass oversaw several films, including the upcoming "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. Before Walden, he worked for producer Lawrence Bender and writer-producer Kevin Williamson.
Goldsmith-Thomas is repped by attorney Barry Hirsch. MGM's Jonathan Bader negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.