Execs climb at Our Stories Films


NEW YORK -- Our Stories Films announced a raft of new hires Thursday.

The company, launched by Robert L. Johnson through his RLJ Cos. to produce black movies, tapped Damon Lee as executive vp production, Michael Marshall as executive vp business and legal affairs, Chuck Bush as CFO, Glendon Palmer as director of development and Seth Rappaport as a creative executive.

The news arrived as Our Stories completed production on its first feature, Don Michael Paul's comedy "Who's Your Caddy?" The film will be released by early fall though the company's output deal with the Weinstein Co..

Lee, producer of "Undercover Brother" and executive producer of the upcoming "This Christmas," will report to president and COO Tracey Edmonds. He will be responsible for all production and development of the company's features.

Marshall will manage business and legal matters in Our Stories' administration and development dealings. He headed business and legal affairs at Marvel Studios and was senior vp business and legal affairs at the then-Walt Disney Co.-owned Miramax/Dimension.

Bush comes to Our Stories from the company he led as CEO, media and technology financial consulting firm Great Road Capital. Before that, he was senior vp finance and business development at Union Patriot Capital Inc. and Patriot Pictures Llc., a group of film-financing and production companies.

Palmer arrives from Humble Journey Films, where he was a development executive. He also was director of development at Will Smith's Universal-based Overbrook Entertainment.

Rappaport worked alongside Edmonds as director of creative affairs at Edmonds Entertainment Group while serving as producer and co-producer on several television projects.