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Gigliotti Leaves Weinstein Co., Sellers Takes Over Combined TWC Production and Acquisitions

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2012 at 2:17PM

As former Weinstein Co. production chief Donna Gigliotti ("I Don't Know How She Does It") moves into an indie producing deal, The Weinstein Company is bringing in veteran studio exec Dylan Sellers as President of a combined production and acquisitions department based in Los Angeles.
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Dylan Sellers
Dylan Sellers

As former Weinstein Co. production chief Donna Gigliotti ("I Don't Know How She Does It") moves into an indie producing deal, The Weinstein Company is bringing in veteran studio exec Dylan Sellers as President of a combined production and acquisitions department based in Los Angeles. Acquisitions and co-productions exec Peter Lawson will move on; Sellers will report to Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser in New York.

TWC plans to continue to produce three to five release a year. The 2011 slate included TWC-produced "My Week with Marilyn" and 2012 brings Quentin Tarantino's "Djano Unchained," starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as "Silver Linings Playbook," which Weinstein is producing; writer-director David O. Russell is adapting Matthew Quick's novel; the film stars Bradley Cooper as a former teacher recovering from a stint in a mental hospital; Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro costar.

Native Angeleno Sellers is a veteran Warner Bros. production exec who knows the business side (he started his career as a lawyer at O'Melveny & Myers). He produced such films as "Footloose," "A Cinderella Story," "Agent Cody Banks," "Valentine," "The Replacements," "Out to Sea," and "Big Bully."

Reporting to Sellers are Daniel Guando, SVP of Acquisitions, Negeen Yazdi, VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Julie Rapaport, Director of Production and Business Development, Collin Creighton, Director of Production and Development, Jennifer Malloy, Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Sam Grey, Creative Executive, and Noah Sacco, Creative Executive.

This article is related to: The Weinstein Co., Weinstein Co., Weinsteins


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.