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Dimension fissure: Saperstein exiting

Dimension Films president of production Richard Saperstein is said to be leaving the company, according to industry sources, with final terms of his exit being negotiated. Meanwhile, at the Weinstein Co., the indie genre unit's parent company, vp production Michael Schaefer has exited following the expiration of his contract. Saperstein reportedly told colleagues that he had been let go, but when contacted Friday about the alleged firing, a Weinstein Co. spokeswoman said: "Richard Saperstein has not been fired. He remains an employee of the company." The West Coast-based Saperstein was appointed to Dimension as executive vp production four months before the Weinstein Co.'s October 2005 launch and was promoted to president of production in April 2006 with a three-year extension of his contract and option for an additional two years. Saperstein shepherded "1408," which has turned into a boxoffice hit, and also oversaw the company's top earner, "Scary Movie 4." He also worked on such misses as "Grindhouse," "Pulse" and "School for Scoundrels." Paying out the remainder of Saperstein's contract could prove costly for the Weinstein Co., which might be one reason why there appeared to be a difference of opinion over the executive's status. Saperstein did not respond to an e-mail and call by press time. As for Schaefer, a company source said that he is joining another entertainment outfit, likely Summit Entertainment. (A Summit spokesman was not able to offer comment by press time). A Weinstein Co. spokeswoman said that the split was amicable and that Harvey Weinstein gave Schaefer co-executive producer credit on an upcoming feature as a going-away present. (Gregg Goldstein)