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Jim Tauber, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment President, Retires From Hollywood

He’s leaving the business to open a private psychotherapy practice with his wife

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment President Jim Tauber is stepping down after 10 years at the company and retiring from the film industry, it was announced Monday by founder and CEO Sidney Kimmel.

Carla Hacken continues as SKE’s president of production, reporting directly to Kimmel, who will name Tauber’s replacement shortly.

Tauber, who has served as SKE’s president and COO since joining the company in 2005, has enjoyed a distinguished film executive career which stretches three decades, including as worldwide executive VP of acquisitions & co-productions at 20th Century Fox; president and COO of Anonymous Content, where he helped to found and manage the multimedia company; president and COO of Propaganda Films; and executive VP of RCA/Columbia Pictures.

Tauber, who is a licensed psychotherapist, is exiting the entertainment industry to open a long-planned private psychotherapy practice with his wife.

“I am so grateful for my career in the entertainment business and the people with whom I  have had the fortune to  work. Working with Sidney has been a highlight of my career. This change has been a dream of mine for a long time and Sidney has been supportive beyond all hopes as I pursued this new chapter in my professional life,” said Tauber.

“I have truly enjoyed working with Jim. He’s successfully overseen all of our productions for a decade, and has been key to our success and growth. He has my full support and best wishes as he embarks on this new professional venture,” added Kimmel.

Tauber has overseen over 30 SKE productions including “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Death at a Funeral” and Lionsgate’s upcoming “Age of Adaline,” starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, among many others.