Cutler tapped as Winkler chief


CAA motion picture literary agent Jill Cutler has left her post to become president of Winkler Films, the production company of Oscar-winning producer Irwin Winkler.

The move comes days after the exit of Rob Cowan, who stepped down as president after 15 years last week in order to set up his own independent production company.

Cutler, who joined CAA in 1991, repped Irwin Winkler and worked with him in developing many of his films, including the upcoming "Home of the Brave." Winkler is directing the drama, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and is set for release Dec. 15.

"She was an assistant when I first met her, and what I used to do was give her scripts and she used to write reports for me," Winkler said. "She has since grown into a fully rounded literary agent who has great taste and who gets along great with writers. She's now going to be the president of my company, and I'm very happy."

Winkler said he expects his company to continue its course of making "ambitious dramatic films," and with Cutler on board, he plans to expand into television.

Winkler first made his mark as a producer, and his films have received 45 Oscar nominations including best picture nominations for "Raging Bull," "GoodFellas," "The Right Stuff" and "Rocky," for which he won the best picture prize in 1976. He moved into writing and directing with 1991's "Guilty by Suspicion," starring Robert De Niro.