Michael De Luca Named Head of Production for DreamWorks Pictures – Lord of the Rings began production at New LIne under De Luca’s aegis

by Jun 5, 2001Lord of the Rings (Movies)

Michael De Luca.
Michael De Luca has been named the new Head of Production for DreamWorks Pictures, it was announced today by DreamWorks Pictures co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. De Luca will be taking over the post temporarily held by DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg.

In his new position, De Luca will be responsible for overseeing development and production of the studio’s motion picture projects, as well as the day-to-day operations of the division. He will report directly to Walter Parkes and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

In making the announcement, Walter Parkes stated, “Michael is respected as a leading creative executive whose bold decisions have resulted in some of our industry’s biggest box office successes and have launched the careers of several major stars. We can’t imagine a more talented partner to help lead DreamWorks into its next chapter.”

Michael De Luca added, “DreamWorks has shown itself to be one of the most creative studios in the industry. I’m extremely excited to join this distinguished and talented team, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Walter and Laurie.”

Michael De Luca served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Productions for seven years. During his tenure, he was responsible for many of New Line’s biggest box office hits, including “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and its sequel, “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”; Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar®-nominated dramas “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights”; the Jim Carrey starrers “The Mask,” which introduced Cameron Diaz in her feature film debut, and “Dumb and Dumber”; the thriller “Se7en,” starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; the action comedy “Rush Hour,” starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker; Barry Levinson’s political satire “Wag the Dog,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro; and the Oscar®-nominated “Pleasantville.” In addition, De Luca served as executive producer on the last two, as well as “13 Days,” starring Kevin Costner. There are also a number of highly anticipated New Line projects that were put into development or production under De Luca’s aegis, including “Rush Hour 2” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

De Luca began his film career as an intern at New Line while attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 1986, he accepted a full-time position as a story editor and quickly rose through the company’s executive ranks, serving as Senior Story Editor, Director of Development, Vice President of Creative Development, Senior Vice President of Production, and Executive Vice President of New Line Productions. In 1993, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer.

DreamWorks SKG was formed in October, 1994, by its three principal partners — Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen — to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films; network, syndicated and cable television programming; home video entertainment; records; books; toys; and consumer products.


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