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Producer Larry Brezner Forms New Joint Venture With Lauren Lloyd Called MBST/Lloyd Productions; Walter Hamada Named Executive Vice President.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 8, 1999--

Producer Larry Brezner and his production entity, MBST (Morra, Brezner, Steinberg & Tenenbaum) Entertainment Inc., have formed a joint venture with Lauren Lloyd to be called MBST/Lloyd Productions, it was announced Friday by Brezner.

The new venture, which officially begins on Monday, will develop and produce motion pictures as part of MBST's continuing first-look deal with The Walt Disney Studios. Walter Hamada, a former vice president of production with Columbia Pictures, will serve as executive vice president for the venture.

Commenting on the announcement, Brezner said: "I have known Lauren since she was at Disney, and she is an executive that everyone wants to work with. She is talent-friendly, extremely bright and one of the best-liked people in the industry. We are very excited to be in business with her and look forward to making some great films together. Walter Hamada has a reputation for being one of Hollywood's top production executives, and he is a great addition to the team."

Lloyd added: "After serving as a studio executive, I am anxious to return to production. This joint venture with my friend Larry Brezner and the opportunity to work with Joe Roth again is the best of all possible worlds."

Joe Roth, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said: "Larry and Lauren both have excellent instincts for talent and projects. Their new partnership seems to be a perfect match and is sure to result in some terrific new film projects for the studio."

Brezner made his feature-producing debut in 1987 with "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Throw Mama From the Train." This was followed by producing credits on such films as "The 'burbs," "Coupe de Ville," "Passed Away," "The Vanishing," "Angie" and "Krippendorf's Tribe." He was also a part of the production team behind the memorable 1981 comedy "Arthur."

As a partner in the production and personal management firm of Morra, Brezner, Steinberg & Tenenbaum Entertainment (MBST Entertainment), he has helped to guide the careers of such diverse talent as Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Ruben Blades.

For television, Brezner has produced Williams' award-winning special, "An Evening at the Met," as well as specials for Crystal, Paul Rodriguez and many others.

Lloyd most recently served as executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures. During her three-year tenure, she was responsible for such projects as "Vertical Limit" (directed by Martin Campbell), "The Patriot" (starring Mel Gibson and directed by Roland Emmerich) and "The Travel Agent" (set to star John Travolta).

Prior to that, she worked at Hollywood Pictures as senior vice president, production, where she was associated with such films as "While You Were Sleeping," "Nixon," "Evita" and "Grosse Pointe Blank."

Lloyd's industry resume also includes starting her own production company, Nicita/Lloyd Productions, in partnership with Wallis Nicita. Among the films she produced are "Mermaids," starring Cher; Gillian Armstrong's "Fires Within"; "The Butcher's Wife," starring Demi Moore; and "Dream Lover," starring James Spader. Her casting credits include "Colors" and "Torch Song Trilogy."

For the past four-and-a-half years, Hamada has been associated with Sony Pictures and most recently served as vice president of production for Columbia Pictures.

Among the films he oversaw during his term at Columbia are "Thirteenth Floor," "The Big Hit" and "Godzilla." He was also involved in the upcoming films "Circus" (starring John Hannah) and the CG- animated film "Final Fantasy."
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