Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge names Leigh Kittay as film director – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment Executive and Producer Leigh Kittay has joined director, writer and producer Will Gluck’s production company, Olive Bridge Entertainment, as Head of Film.

Kittay will lead the banner’s full feature slate, which includes projects in development at Columbia, Disney, Searchlight and Netflix.

Olive Bridge, which has first-look deals with Sony Pictures Entertainment and WIIP, is known for Gluck’s many hit films, including over half a billion in box office gross Pete Rabbit franchises and Simply Aamong other.

Sony recently announced that Olive Bridge will produce the original comedy Excluded. Olive Bridge’s other forthcoming productions include the buddy action comedy end of the world, which Gluck is directing and co-writing for Sony with Chris Bremner; the blacklist top sci-fi romance Go on for Sony; the hybrid animation/live-action adaptation of The Aristocrats for Disney, which Gluck co-wrote with Keith Bunin; the hybrid animation/live-action adaptation of the megahit video game just dance for Ubisoft, which Gluck co-writes with Ashley Bradley; and many more.

Kittay is known for securing the most sought-after talent and intellectual property for critically and commercially successful features. She comes to Olive Bridge from production company and financier Black Bear Pictures. During her time at the indie studio, Kittay oversaw their film roster including The swamp king’s daughter with Daisy Ridley; nyad with Annette Bening and Jodie Foster; memory with Liam Neeson; and someone i knew with Alison. In addition, she played a key role in expanding the film division’s acquisition and development of content, including the acquisition of the critically acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers confusionwith Brad Pitt’s Plan B producing the adaptation.

Prior to Black Bear, Kittay was Head of Film at Emmy Award-winning Noah Hawley’s production company 26 Keys. She started the film division for 26 Keys, which was previously only known from television. She was executive producer of Searchlight’s Lucy in heaven starring Natalie Portman and developed a solid feature film slate with filmmakers such as Hiro Murai, Ali Abbasi, Charlie McDowell, Edward Berger and Issa Lopez.

Previously, she was Vice President at Parkes + MacDonald Productions and held positions at JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, where her credits included working on blockbusters Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Super 8, Star Trek and the ABC series Lost. She began her entertainment career at Paramount Pictures and attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


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