Parent adds Kolsrud to MGM exec roster


Mary Parent has recruited another player for the MGM team. The Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman has coaxed aboard veteran TV and film producer Dan Kolsrud as the studio's executive vp worldwide theatrical physical production.

Kolsrud joins executive vp development Cale Boyter and vp production Becky Sloviter on Parent's growing executive roster.

The Lion tamers will strive to ramp up MGM's in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities enough to meet the optimistic goal of rolling out wholly identified Parent product by fourth-quarter 2009. Much of next year's slate will remain stocked with third-party distribution deals and acquisitions, but the studio hopes to unveil a strong collection of films in 2010 that will define its product for the next decade.

Kolsrud will be the on-the-ground lieutenant managing that sizable and stressful production effort. His immediate future — once the SAG-AMPTP talks are settled — will likely involve a "Fame" remake with choreographer Kevin Tancharoen behind the camera, and a "Thomas Crown Affair" sequel.

Remakes of "Red Dawn" and "RoboCop" are in development, as is a potential franchise in Robert Ludlum's "The Matarese Circle" and several recently purchased comedy specs.

Kolsrud's most recent assignment was executive producer of "Cirque du Freak," adapted by Brian Helgeland for director Paul Weitz at Universal. (partialdiff)