Film Department beefs up its staff


The Film Department has named Kathleen Courtney executive vp physical production. The indie firm also appointed Dave Gare vp postproduction and Ian Watermeier to director of production and finance. Courtney, who was a freelance associate producer and production manager on films like "Bowfinger," also serves on the board of directors of the Producers Guild of America and is the chair of the PGA's FilmUSA Committee. Gare spent four years as an executive on set for movies like "Prime." Watermeier was production executive on Sean Penn's "Into the Wild."