Keith Goldberg joins Dark Horse

He becomes senior vp production

Dark Horse Entertainment, with a term deal at Universal, has hired Keith Goldberg as senior vp production.

Goldberg will be based in the Portland, Ore.-headquartered company's Los Angeles offices and oversee the first-look relationship with Universal as well as bring in new film projects.

The Universal deal, signed this year, gives the studio access to the Dark Horse library of characters and properties while giving Dark Horse the opportunity to distribute its own movies through Universal.

Calling Goldberg "the right person at the right time," Dark Horse president Mike Richardson said: "We've seen explosive growth throughout our company, and the film division is no exception. With the addition of an ambitious slate at Universal to our existing film projects, we needed to expand."

Goldberg spent seven years as an executive at New Line, where he oversaw the upcoming Zac Efron comedy "17 Again"; "Rendition," with Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon; and "The Number 23," with Jim Carrey.

Goldberg also is attached as a producer to several projects, including "Furry Vengeance" at Summit Entertainment with Roger Kumble directing and an untitled Kelley Sane thriller at Warner Bros. to be produced with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.