Hamada joins New Line as sr. vp prod'n


TORONTO -- Walter Hamada, previously a partner at management and production firm H2F Entertainment, has joined New Line Cinema as senior vp production.

Hamada spent the past four years as Chris Fenton's producing partner at H2F, helping build the careers of such Fenton writer clients as Chris Morgan ("The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"), Rob McKittrick ("Waiting"), Greg Coolidge ("Employee of the Month"), Brad Gann ("Invincible") and Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson (New Line's upcoming "Four Christmases").

He also set up a number of projects during his time at H2F including New Line's "Mancrush" and "Catfight," as well as "Cox Blocker" at Paramount, which has Seann William Scott and Topher Grace attached to star, "Tough Love" with Ice Cube attached to star and Thomas Carter attached to direct for Dimension, and the supernatural thriller "Whisper" for Gold Circle Films.

Fenton expects to name a new producing partner in the immediate future.

Hamada began his career as an assistant at TriStar Pictures where he ultimately served as vp production for Columbia Pictures, oversaw development and production of such films as "The Big Hit," "Godzilla" and "SWAT." Before helping to form H2F, Hamada also ran development for MBST Entertainment.

Hamada will be based in New Line's Los Angeles headquarters and will report to New Line president of production Toby Emmerich.