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Production Exec Watch: Disney Adds To, FilmNation Hires Lunder

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2011 at 7:36AM

Sean Bailey, president of production for The Walt Disney Studios, has hired Tony To as executive vp of production. To will oversee physical production for the studios’ live-action features.
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Sean Bailey, president of production for The Walt Disney Studios, has hired Tony To as executive vp of production. To will oversee physical production for the studios’ live-action features.

A veteran producer and director, To worked at HBO on several projects including Robert Redford's Grand Avenue and three Emmy-winning Tom Hanks miniseries: From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers and The Pacific. To also directed several episodes of both Band of Brothers and The Pacific. On the indie feature side, To produced Carl Franklin and Billy Bob Thornton's One False Move.

Glen Basner's two-year-old production and foreign sales company FilmNation Entertainment has hired Karen Lunder as its LA-based exec vp of production, reporting to production president Aaron Ryder.

Lunder was president of production at Landscape Entertainment and ran Gil Netter Productions, where she oversaw Marley & Me. She started her career at New York indie October Films.

FilmNation is currently in post-production on House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence, and James McTeigue's The Raven, starring John Cusack and Luke Evans. FilmNation plans to produce three to four films a year. Currently in development at FilmNation are F*cking Engaged, which is set to star Jessica Biel, The Amateur American which has Evans attached, and Message from the King, written by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell.

FilmNation handles international sales on Oscar-winning The King’s Speech; Wettest County starring Shia LaBeouf, Gambit starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz; Hungry Rabbit Jumps starring Nicolas Cage; Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In; Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Sanctum from exec producer James Cameron; Terrence Malick’s untitled love story starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams; Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johannson; Ceremony starring Uma Thurman; The Oranges starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, and Leighton Meester; and Midnight’s Children, based on the Salman Rushdie international bestseller.

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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.