Stiller, Red Hour re-up D'Works deal

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Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld's Red Hour Films has renewed its first-look producing pact with DreamWorks Studios for three years.

In a separate move, Red Hour also nabbed DreamWorks executive Jeremy Kramer to join the company.

Red Hour's original three-year deal, which spawned the comedy boxoffice hit "Blades of Glory," was set to run out at year's end.

DreamWorks CEO and co-chairman Stacey Snider called the Red Hour team "a big and successful part of our lives."

Steven Spielberg also hailed the re-signing. "Ben and I go way back to 'Empire of the Sun,' " he said. "I've always considered him my friend, and I'm more thrilled than ever that he is staying in the neighborhood."

Kramer, a one-time Miramax Films executive, oversaw production on "Disturbia" as well as "Blades of Glory" for DreamWorks.

"Jeremy has a great eye for material, strong creative instincts in development and the production expertise necessary to see a project through as a producer," Cornfeld said. "He is a rare find and a perfect fit with Red Hour's approach to making movies."

Red Hour will continue to develop projects with an eye toward Stiller directing, writing and/or toplining, as he is in the ensemble comedy "Tropic Thunder," in production with Stiller wearing all three hats. The shingle also will produce non-Stiller projects like the supernatural thriller "The Ruins," which wrapped this week in Australia.

Committed to discovering new talent, Red Hour has helped launch the careers of such first-time helmers as "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story's" Rawson Marshall Thurber and "Blades of Glory's" Will Speck and Josh Gordon.
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