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Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg, co-presidents of production at MGM, have left the Hollywood studio.
The duo, who had been with MGM since 2011, were jointly promoted to manage growth in film franchises in 2018, while also reimagining IP from the studio’s library and original productions. The exits occur as Michael De Luca, installed as chairman of the motion picture group in January, moves to reshape the direction of the studio.
“My time at MGM makes me think of the great James L Brooks’ line from Broadcast News: ‘What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams…keep it to yourself.’ However, in this case I’m proud to say what an honor it was to spend the last decade making movies at MGM. I wish Mike, [MGM Motion Picture Group president] Pam [Abdy] and everyone at the studio the very best. I know I will continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with all of them,” Rosenberg said Friday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Added Lange in her own statement: “I’m so grateful and honored to have been a tiny part of this legendary studio’s story. MGM will forever be a monumental part of mine. I wish Mike and Pam all the best going forward. On to the next chapter!”
MGM last month cut some 50 staffers from across the studio in the latest round of layoffs to hit Hollywood in the wake of coronavirus-related shutdowns. The pink slips handed out affected every division of the studio and its staff of 750.
Both Lange and Rosenberg will still work on several upcoming and in-development projects as they transition to more producer roles.
Lange joined MGM in 2011 as senior vp development and production, working on such films as Me Before You, the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander, the Overboard remake and last year’s animated take on The Addams Family. She also worked on the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time to Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga, and was overseeing a sequel to Addams Family.
Rosenberg also joined MGM in 2011 as senior vp development and production, coming in as an executive at Spyglass. Before that, the New Jersey native did a stint on Wall Street before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of making movies.
During his tenure at MGM, Rosenberg oversaw production on Ryan Coogler’s Creed and Creed 2, the all-star remake of Magnificent Seven and the Florence Pugh-starring sleeper, Fighting With My Family. He also worked on Sam Mendes’ James Bond movies.
Rosenberg also has several movies in the can, among them the Jordan Peele-produced remake of Candyman, the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect and the Eric Andre-produced hidden-camera prank comedy Bad Trip. He also was in the middle of production of the Sylvester Stallone superhero movie Samaritan when it was shut down due to the coronavirus crisis.
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