(February 3, 2003 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. and Baltimore-Spring Creek, the production company headed by filmmakers Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein, have signed a three-year first-look production deal, renewing the relationships that have yielded several acclaimed Warner Bros. movies, including “Fearless,” “Liberty Heights” and “The Perfect Storm.” The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures. “This deal with Paula and Barry continues a relationship that we’ve had with them as both individual filmmakers and as a producing team,” said Robinov. “We think the world of them and are happy to underscore their connection with Warner Bros., where each of them has had producing deals in the past and where Baltimore-Spring Creek was also based for some time. Their eye for material and their skills as filmmakers are tremendous assets to our studio.” Producer Paula Weinstein has worked with virtually every major film studio during her 25-year career in the entertainment industry. Her latest films are the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Analyze That,” starring Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro, and the romance “Possession,” directed by Neil LaBute and starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Weinstein is currently producing, along with Bernie Goldmann, the Warner Bros. Pictures action/adventure comedy feature “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” scheduled for a 2003 release, and the HBO project “Iron Jawed Angels.” Among the other films she has produced are “A Dry White Season,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” (which received four Academy Award nominations), “Bandits,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Analyze This,” “An Everlasting Peace,” “Liberty Heights,” “Fearless,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Something To Talk About” and “With Honors.” Weinstein served as executive producer on HBO’s “Citizen Cohn,” “Truman,” “The Cherokee Kid” and “First Time Felon.” She shared an Emmy Award as executive producer on “Truman,” and was nominated for another Emmy for “Citizen Cohn.” Writer-Director-Producer Barry Levinson was awarded the Best Director Oscar for “Rain Man” and received 10 Oscar nominations for his motion picture “Bugsy,” including Best Picture and Best Director. Born and raised in Baltimore, Levinson used his home town as the setting for four widely praised features: “Diner,” “Tin Men,” “Avalon” and “Liberty Heights.” His other credits as a director include “The Natural,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” “Toys,” “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Jimmy Hollywood,” “Disclosure,” “Sleepers,” “Sphere,” “Wag the Dog,” “An Everlasting Peace” and “Bandits.” He also served as producer on all but the first two titles. Additionally, Baltimore-Spring Creek Pictures produced “Donnie Brasco,” “Quiz Show,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Analyze This” and “Analyze That.” As a screenwriter, Levinson has been nominated for three Academy Awards, for “…And Justice for All,” “Diner” and “Avalon.” Levinson returned to Baltimore to film the television series “Homicide: Life on the Street,”which earned him an Emmy for Best Individual Director of a Drama Series. The series also received three Peabody Awards, two Writers Guild Awards and an Excellence in Quality Television Founders Awards for 1994 and 1995.
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