Veteran film production executive Mark O’Connor is joining Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as its executive VP of production, effective immediately, the company announced Monday.
The well-respected O’Connor will report directly to SKE production president Carla Hacken, and will be instrumentally involved in all SKE film and television projects.
O’Connor most recently served as a senior executive at Todd Phillips‘ Warner Bros.-based production company Green Hat Films, which he joined in 2009. During his time at Green Hat, O’Connor worked on such projects as Nima Nourizadeh’s found-footage comedy “Project X” and the upcoming Warners release “War Dogs,” directed by Phillips and starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
“Mark is an incredibly smart, creative, and passionate executive that I have known and admired for years. His creative insights and eye for material and talent are why he is one of the most respected people in the industry and we are thrilled that he’s joining us at this exciting time at SKE, as we expand our production slate in both film and television,” said Hacken.
Starting his career as an assistant in CAA’s television department, O’Connor became a trainee in the agency’s mailroom, and was ultimately promoted to agent in the motion picture literary department, where he represented feature writers and directors. After shifting from representation to production, he became an executive for Lorne Michaels‘ Paramount-based shingle Broadway Video, working on Tina Fey‘s feature writing debut “Mean Girls.”
Subsequently, O’Connor was an executive at 20th Century Fox, shepherding movies such as “Night at the Museum” and “Reno 911!: Miami,” and also at Scott Rudin Productions, developing projects for the producer’s nascent overall deal at Disney.