Sony Pictures veteran production executive Jonathan Kadin is stepping down from his post at the studio in order to transition into becoming an independent producer.
Kadin, who most recently served as an executive vice president of production, has been at Sony Pictures for roughly 20 years.
“After almost twenty years, it’s bittersweet to leave my colleagues in the iconic Thalberg building and this historic lot,” Kadin said in a statement. “I’ve worked with many incredible people, excellent mentors and talented filmmakers, all of whom have prepared me for this next step in my career. I’m particularly grateful to have worked with both Tom and Sanford.
“Their passion for movies is infectious. I love making movies and have always wanted to dive deeper into the process and ultimately be a producer,” he continued. “I couldn’t be more excited than to start right now with their support.”
Kadin’s first project out on his own will be producing Sony’s upcoming musical-comedy “Cinderella” alongside James Corden and Leo Pearlman. The film, which will also mark the feature film debut for pop star Camila Cabello is scheduled to begin prep this fall and is slated for a Feb. 5, 2021 release.
During his time at Sony, Kadin has worked on such movies as “Step Brothers,” “Pineapple Express,” “The Shallows,” “Moneyball,” and the studio’s upcoming anticipated sequel “Bad Boys for Life.”
Along with Sony’s “Cinderella” musical, Kadin will be a producer on a new untitled action-thriller spec by David Guggenheim. The studio is keeping the story under wraps for now, but sources say it is a high-octane page-turner with supernatural elements. He will join Adam Kolbrenner to produce.
Kadin will also produce the recent acquisition of the high concept action-adventure comic book Skyward
“Everyone who has worked with Jonathan Kadin knows how committed and fiercely loyal he is to his projects; these are also the things that make great producers,” Sony’s Columbia Pictures President Sanford Panitch said in a statement. “Jonathan has been thinking about making this move for quite some time, and we’re all thrilled to work with him as he transitions to being a producer.”