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Graham King Films Hires Small as EVP of Production

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 2, 2011 at 2:00AM

Graham King has lured seven-year Focus Features production exec Kahli Small to join GK Films as EVP of Production and Development. Based in Santa Monica, she reports directly to King. Small supervised Focus projects Milk, Eastern Promises and The American.
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Graham King has lured seven-year Focus Features production exec Kahli Small to join GK Films as EVP of Production and Development. Based in Santa Monica, she reports directly to King. Small supervised Focus projects Milk, Eastern Promises and The American.

This past year, GK Films produced Gore Verbinski's animated Rango, voiced by frequent GK Films collaborator Johnny Depp, for Paramount; Ben Affleck's The Town for Warner Bros., and The Tourist, starring Depp for Sony.

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King also has a long relationship with Martin Scorsese, whose 3-D Hugo Cabret is due November 23 from Paramount. GK Films' distribution company FilmDistrict will release writer-director William Monahan's crime drama London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley and Depp production The Rum Diary, in which he stars. Depp's Infinitum Nihil and King are in pre-production on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows for Warner Bros. with Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins.

GK Films is also developing several projects, including an untitled love story which Angelina Jolie is writing for herself to direct; the screen adaptation of Jersey Boys; screenwriter Peter Morgan's 360, a biopic about Freddie Mercury starring Sacha Baron Cohen; and a reboot of Tomb Raider. 


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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.