While General Electric's NBC Universal has entered into exclusive negotiations for NBC Uni to acquire DreamWorks, DreamWorks has extended several contracts with its key personnel.
(The Hollywood Reporter) -- While General Electric's NBC Universal has entered into exclusive negotiations for NBC Uni to acquire DreamWorks, DreamWorks has extended several contracts with its key personnel.
DreamWorks Pictures said Aug. 5 that head of production Adam Goodman, who stepped into that role in February 2004, has a new contract extension, adding four more years to his deal so that it now runs through 2009.
The studio also is extending its production deal with Parkes/MacDonald Prods., headed by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, to Dec. 31, 2008. Parkes and MacDonald, who served as the studio's co-heads since its creation in 1994, shifted into a producing deal in May with a goal of providing DreamWorks with two to four films per year.
The contract extensions would appear to be designed to ensure that DreamWorks' production team stays in place even if new management takes over the company while also assuring NBC Uni, which is evaluating DreamWorks' assets, that DreamWorks can provide a steady flow of films for distribution through Universal in the future.
Goodman, a longtime DreamWorks exec who joined the company in 1996, took over as head of production after Michael De Luca departed that post. He took on more responsibilities running the studio's day-to-day operations when Parkes and MacDonald moved into producing full time.
DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen, who recently has taken a more active role overseeing the company's activities, announced the changes, saying: "Adam Goodman has been an integral part of our production team since the inception of the studio. Over the past year and a half, he has more than proven his capability to lead that team. We are very happy that he plans to continue to spearhead our live-action slate."
Goodman is overseeing such projects as "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story," starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, opening nationwide Oct. 21; "Flags of Our Fathers," based on the best-selling book, being directed by Clint Eastwood; "Dreamgirls," the screen version of the Tony-winning musical, starring Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy, which Bill Condon is directing; and "Transformers," the actioner based on the Hasbro toy franchise.
Parkes/MacDonald Prods.' next movie for DreamWorks is director Mark Waters' romantic comedy "Just Like Heaven," starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, which opens Sept. 16.