Pam Abdy to run Stuber Prods.
Exits Paramount to oversee development at Uni shingleParamount executive vp production Pam Abdy has been hired to run Scott Stuber's production shingle at Universal, Stuber Prods. She will join Alexa Faigen, Jon Mone, Andy Davis and Rick Solomon, and she will oversee day-to-day development and production for the company.
"I've known Scott a long time and am excited to join his company and continue producing movies with him, something we began when I was at Jersey and he was at Universal," Abdy said.
"Pam's talent, expertise and energy will be a perfect fit for our company," Stuber said. "Her passion and tremendous skills are the perfect complement to the company, and I'm looking forward to the great things we will do in the future."
Beginning in 1995, Abdy rose from being an intern at Danny DeVito's Jersey Films to his assistant to, ultimately, president of production. She became a production vp at Paramount in 2003.
In 2006, she was promoted to executive vp production, where she reported to production head Brad Weston and had a reputation for being adept at pushing movies through to greenlights. She had a hand in "Babel," "World Trade Center," "Freedom Writers," "Stop-Loss" and "Shutter Island," the latest Martin Scorsese film, due in October 2009.
She also produced Zach Braff's "Garden State," for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for best first feature.
Whispers of Abdy's departure from Paramount coincided with her public outing by the New York Post back in December as a former girlfriend of an alleged New Jersey mobster nabbed by authorities on suspicion of running an illegal gambling ring.
Stuber had shared a production entity with his former Universal co-president Mary Parent until she took the top job at MGM in March. Stuber has a full slate of material in development, including "Couples Retreat," "Traveling," "Repossession Mambo" and an untitled NASCAR project from director Gary Ross and "The Sopranos" writer Terence Winter.
Stuber Prods. will release "Role Models" in November and "The Wolfman" in April. He most recently produced "The Kingdom," "You, Me and Dupree" and "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins."