Vet Kleeman will be Dobkin's biggest Kid

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David Dobkin has tapped longtime production executive Jeff Kleeman to run his Warner Bros.-based Big Kid Pictures shingle.

Dobkin chose Kleeman for the post because of the executive's experience in launching tentpoles and writing and creating comedy. Kleeman will help develop features of the tentpole, comedy and animated variety as well as television projects.

Kleeman comes to Big Kid from MGM/UA, where he was exec vp motion picture production since September. That was actually Kleeman's second stint at MGM/UA. He joined the company in 1993 and was responsible for overseeing a new phase of the James Bond franchise with "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World Is Not Enough." He also oversaw the development and production of "Rob Roy," "Hackers" and "The Thomas Crown Affair."

Kleeman comes to Big Kid from MGM/UA, where he was exec vp motion picture production since September. That was actually Kleeman's second stint at MGM/UA. He joined the company in 1993 and was responsible for overseeing a new phase of the James Bond franchise with "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World Is Not Enough." He also oversaw the development and production of "Rob Roy" and "The Thomas Crown Affair."

Big Kid has a three-year, first-look deal with Warners and produced, along with Silver Pictures, the Dobkin-directed comedy "Fred Claus." The company's development slate includes "Skulduggery Pleasant," "Fratboy" and "Cecelia," from writers Judd Apatow and Lew Morton. (partialdiff)
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