Four get new Plum roles


NEW YORK -- On the heels of deals for films starring John Cusack, Julia Stiles and Leonardo DiCaprio, Plum Pictures is beefing up its staff with new heads of production, development and postproduction.

Pamela Hirsch will head physical production and serve as executive producer on Plum films. Joy Goodwin will head development, and Riva Marker will head postproduction. In addition, Plum has promoted Carina Alves to director of creative affairs.

Hirsch has co-produced Plum projects for two years, including "Dedication" and "Watching the Detectives." She also executive-produced Plum's forthcoming "Laws of Motion," starring Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank; "Diminished Capacity," starring Matthew Broderick and Virginia Madsen; "Trucker"; and "Bart Got a Room." Before working with the company, Hirsch co-produced "Shortbus" and worked on several New York-based indie features.

Goodwin is an Emmy-winning television producer who has worked on projects for ABC, A&E, the History Channel, NBC and Lifetime. She helped develop Plum's "Capacity" and "Trucker" and has written about theater for the New York Times and the New Yorker.

Before Plum, Marker produced the National Geographic film "The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot." She has developed and produced documentaries for BBC, the U.K.'s Channel 4, Discovery Science Channel and A&E and has worked with Discovery Digital Networks and London-based TransAtlantic Films.

Marker joined the 4-year-old company in 2004 as an assistant and served as co-producer on "Dedication" and associate producer on "Grace Is Gone" starring Cusack.

Plum projects in development include "The Bell Jar" starring Stiles and the remake of "Cache" with DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese attached to star and direct for Universal Pictures.