MGM names Kolsrud as EVP, worldwide theatrical physical production


MUMBAI: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) has named Dan Kolsrud to the newly created post of executive vice president, worldwide theatrical physical production. The announcement was made by MGM chairman, worldwide motion picture group Mary Parent.

Kolsrud joins EVP development Cale Boyter and vice president of production Becky Sloviter, as another integral member of Parent’s new executive team, charged with rebuilding MGM’s theatrical development, production, distribution and marketing operation.

Parent said, "Dan has over 20 years of experience in line producing all types of films — from low budget, first-time filmmakers’ projects to high end special effects driven movies from some of the biggest named directors in the business. His familiarity with such a wide variance of films, both creatively as well as budgetary, and with directors of all levels affords him invaluable knowledge and insights that will greatly benefit our productions and our filmmakers."

"Working alongside Mary, Cale and Becky in heading up MGM’s physical production is an exciting proposition. Everyone in this industry respects the history and contributions of MGM to the film industry, and I’m honored to be involved in restoring the studio to its former level of production activity and influence," added Kolsrud.

Involved in both feature films and television throughout his formidable career, Kolsrud has spent the past 20 years working on such films as L.A. Confidential for New Regency; Seven for New Line; Richie Rich, Grumpy Old Men and Impulse for Warner Bros.; The Fog, Are We There Yet?, 13 Going on 30, and Daddy Day Care for Revolution; Serving Sara for Mandalay; and Bicentennial Man and Mystery, Alaska for Disney.

Most recently, Kolsrud served as executive producer on the adaptation of Cirque du Freak, starring John C. Reilly, for Universal Pictures.

Kolsrud’s feature film credits also include co-producing Joel Schumacher’s Falling Down and producing John Carpenter’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man for Warner Bros. As first assistant director, Kolsrud worked on such films as Men Don’t Leave, Like Father, Like Son, Spaceballs, Howard the Duck, Top Gun, The Goonies, Gorky Park, Going Berserk, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ghost Story, Xanadu, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lace and Fatal Vision.