Denise Di Novi Signs Three-Year First-Look Production Agreement

February 17, 1998

Warner Bros. announced that it has concluded negotiations with Di Novi Pictures that will extend the relationship between the two companies for three years.

The announcement was jointly made Tuesday by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Bill Gerber, Warner Bros. presidents of worldwide theatrical production, and Denise Di Novi, head of Di Novi Pictures, and is effective immediately.

Di Novi Pictures began its affiliation with Warner Bros. following the 1997 merger between the studio and Turner Pictures, where Di Novi previously had her deal.

Since then, the production company has begun work on two feature films at Warner Bros: "Practical Magick," starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Stockard Channing and Aidan Quinn, and directed by Griffin Dunne; and "Message in a Bottle," starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn and Paul Newman, directed by Luis Mandoki.

Stated Di Novi: "In the short time I've been working with Warners, my experience there has already been incredibly exciting and productive. Their appetite for making great movies and the support of so many highly talented executives convinced me I wanted to continue the relationship."

Responded Gerber and Bonaventura: "We are really happy to have Denise Di Novi and her company affiliated with Warner Bros. She is one of the industry's most vibrant young producers and we're glad that she'll remain part of the Warner Bros. family.

"Denise has always impressed us with her creativity, her practical understanding of filmmaking, her outstanding relationships with talent and others in the industry, and her ability to recognize, acquire and develop excellent material.

"Now, we are actively involved in making two exciting films with Denise and her team, and we're looking forward to starting production on several others currently in development. This three-year agreement is a very good way to solidify a valuable relationship."

Di Novi Pictures' team includes president of production Peter Czernin, vice president of production Marc Wolf and story editor Brad Wiss. "Almost Heroes," produced by Di Novi Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros., will open on May 1 of this year.

Di Novi was affiliated with Warner Bros. earlier in her career when she worked with Tim Burton as a producer on "Batman Returns"; she later produced "Little Women," which received three Academy Award nominations.

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