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Jeff Robinov‘s Studio 8 has hired Chris Goldberg as a development executive. He will report to Robinov.
He comes to the studio from a nearly ten-year career at Fox, where he served as director of literary affairs. At Studio 8, he will have the opportunity to follow projects from development into production as an executive. He is the third creative hire at the former Warner Bros. film chief’s young studio, following Robert Brassel and Jon Silk.
Studio 8 announced earlier this week that it had finalized its funding at $1 billion, closing a debt facility with several banks. Its other investors include Chinese conglomerate Fosun International and Sony Pictures Entertaiment, with which Studio 8 has a five-year distribution deal.
Robinov, who left Warners in 2013, has said that he wants to make the kind of commercially appealing and “visually unique” films he did while at the studio, which included Ben Affleck‘s Argo and Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity. He has estimated releasing around six movies annually.
That’s where Goldberg comes in. While at Fox, he was involved in the acquisitions of high-profile adaptations including Gone Girl — which looks to recapture the weekend box office after topping it last weekend — the YA tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars and The Martian, which Ridley Scott is directing with Matt Damon in the starring role.
He worked in Fox’s New York office scouting books with Fox Literary head Drew Reed before moving to the Los Angeles office in 2013.
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