Cathy Schulman Out as STX Production Head, Replaced by New Line’s Sam Brown

Schulman will move into new unspecified role at the film company, Chairman Adam Fogelson says

Last Updated: July 19, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

Sam Brown has joined STX Entertainment as the motion picture group’s head of production, studio chairman Adam Fogelson announced Tuesday. Brown replaces Cathy Schulman in the role.

Schulman, who is also president of Women in Film, is moving into an unnamed post at the company. Her new job was described as “overseeing the launch of a significant new initiative.”

Brown, who previously served as SVP of production at New Line Cinema, will oversee upcoming slate titles and report to Fogelson and STX President Oren Aviv.

At New Line, Harvard grad Brown worked on films like The Rock’s “Central Intelligence,” “San Andreas” and the “Horrible Bosses” franchise.

“Sam has a long and exceptional track record identifying and managing the diverse kinds of hit, talent-driven films that are the core of the STX model,” Fogelson and Aviv said in a statement.

“He is one of the best and brightest in our business who is hugely admired and respected by the creative community. We know he will make an outstanding leader for our production group.”

Upcoming STX titles include the raunchy summer comedy “Bad Moms” and September’s coming-of-age drama “Edge of Seventeen.”

STX arrived with a splash in 2014, well funded thanks to a pact with the Huayi Brothers. The studio and its charismatic president Sophie Watts hit the stage at April’s CinemaCon to present titles like “Moms” and December’s horror film “The Bye Bye Man.”

It’s not been entirely smooth sailing, however. Last month’s “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey, delivered only $20 million in box office on a $50 million budget, plus marketing costs.