Groundswell sr. vp for Pipski

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Michael London's Groundswell Prods. has named Daniel Pipski senior vp production.

Joining Pipski is Janice Williams, Groundswell's new head of physical production. The pair will work on the company's expanding film slate with founder and CEO London and president of production Bruna Papandrea.

Pipski arrives from LivePlanet, which is Sean Bailey, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Disney-based production outfit, where he was senior vp production for three years. Among the projects he oversaw was Affleck's directorial debut, "Gone Baby Gone."

"As we look to bring more comedies as well as youth-oriented films into our slate, Daniel will be a real key to that effort," London said.

Pipski gained traction in the industry at Working Title Films, joining its Los Angeles office in 1999, becoming director of development in 2000 and vp in 2003 before joining LivePlanet. He became friendly with London while he was involved with such films as "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" and "About a Boy."

Williams began her film career in 1995 working at Carnival Films and with British producer Brian Eastman ("Shadowlands"). Beginning in 1998, she was production supervisor on many New York-based features, including several Woody Allen films as well as Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hoax" and James Gray's "We Own the Night."

The new appointments come at a busy time for Groundswell. The nearly 2-year-old outfit is launching production on the Harvey Milk biopic "Milk" for Focus Features just as it arrives at the Sundance Film Festival this month with three features: "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," "Smart People" and "The Visitor."
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