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Former Warner Bros. marketing chief Sue Kroll has officially launched her own production banner, Kroll & Co. Entertainment, with the veteran exec coming on board several high-profile Warners projects that will make up her initial slate.
Kroll will act as a producer on The Six Billion Dollar Man, the recently greenlighted update on the 1970s television show, joining producers Stephen Levinson, Bill Gerber, Scott Faye and Karen Lauder.
She also will be a producer on: Nemesis, the adaptation of the Mark Millar comic that Ridley Scott and Jules Daly are developing; YA adaptation The Selection, which producers Denise Di Novi and Pouya Shahbazian are working on; and an untitled Sandra Bullock comedy that the actress is producing with Michael Bostick.
Kroll worked at Warner Bros. for 24 years before stepping down in January in a shake-up, and was given a producer pact as part of her exit. Her new shingle will be based on the Warners lot in Burbank, and she will look to develop television, digital and other content.
“My passion for film and television and for telling great stories is not only the cornerstone of my wonderful career, but has also been a huge part of my life since I was a young girl enthralled by the moving image,” Kroll said Wednesday in a statement. “I am excited to be collaborating in this new capacity with amazing, visionary filmmakers, many of whom I have known and worked with, and to also champion new and unique voices. This is just the beginning.”
The launch came with powerful testimonials from some high-powered people with whom Kroll has worked, among them Steven Spielberg. “Over the years, I have seen Sue in action as one of the most inspired marketing minds in the industry, most recently on the campaign for Ready Player One,” said the filmmaker. “I trust her instincts, appreciate her unflagging devotion to her work, and admire her knowledge of film. I am looking forward to collaborating with her in her new capacity as a producer in the very near future.”
Kroll has also come aboard as an executive producer on A Star Is Born, the remake starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and Motherless Brooklyn, which is being directed by Ed Norton.
Joining Kroll at her new shop are senior vp of development and production Jennifer Malloy, creative executive Olivia Heighten, longtime Kroll staffer Chelsea Bradshaw as operations / production executive, and administrative assistant Nicole Kraft.
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