HBO Films taps Amato senior vp


Producer Len Amato has been named senior vp at HBO Films, overseeing production and development of all films made for the pay TV channel.

Amato will report to president Colin Callender and be based in HBO Films' Los Angeles offices.

He arrives at the company after serving as president of Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg's Spring Creek Prods., with a strong list of big-screen credits behind him. Since joining the company in the mid-1990s as vp development, Amato served as producer and executive producer on such films as "Analyze This," "Analyze That," "Deliver Us From Eva," "Rumor Has It," "Blood Diamond" and the recent release "The Astronaut Farmer."

The new post marks Amato's return to his roots. His producing debut was Charles Dutton's 1997 drama "First Time Felon" for HBO, and he worked with the network again in 2004 as executive producer of Katja von Garnier's political drama "Iron Jawed Angels."

"Len is one of the smartest executives in the industry with an impeccable reputation for good taste and great talent relations," Callender said. "He has a brilliant sense of story and has wonderful working relations with some of the finest writers in town."

Amato started at Spring Creek in the mid-'90s as vp development. He ran the New York offices before moving to Los Angeles after the company merged with Barry Levinson's Baltimore Films to form Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures and continued after the pair split.

He began his film career as an indie film story analyst and was hired as a story editor for Tribeca Prods. in the early '90s, working on such films as 1992's "Night and the City" and "Thunderheart."