Wind Dancer develops film fund

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Writer-director-producer Matt Williams said that his Wind Dancer Films has secured a $3 million development fund from private-equity investors coordinated by Merrill Lynch to develop 12-15 feature films during the next three years.

"This development fund is very exciting because it gives me the opportunity to return to my roots and work with fresh, new comedic voices," Williams said. His credits include "What Women Want" and "Where the Heart Is" as well as the sitcoms "Home Improvement" and "Roseanne," in addition to writing and producing "The Cosby Show."

Wind Dancer has yet to announce any new projects for the fund but intends to focus on comedies and character-driven thrillers. The deal is nonexclusive, giving Williams and Wind Dancer the opportunity to develop films independently, and the flexibility to co-finance with other financiers.

Wind Dancer Films executive vp Dete Meserve will manage the fund. Meserve, based in Los Angeles, will secure the financing to put the films into production. Budgets for the films will range from $15 million-$30 million.

Wind Dancer also announced that Susann Brinkley has joined the company as director of development. A theater veteran, Brinkley will supervise all projects with Williams and work with writers. Brinkley was supervising producer at Guardian Entertainment, developing new programming including "Teen Jesus."

Williams is represented by Robert Stein at Paradigm and Barry Hirsch at Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman Llp.
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