Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"New Line's bad-boy president — Mike DeLuca’s naughty behavior raises questions about his place at the head of the young studio"

An Entertainment Weekly article from 1998:

As the story broke, De Luca and New Line (which, like EW, is owned by Time Warner) kept quiet. They issued no excuses, nor did they deny the exec’s actions. After all, his bad behavior is nothing new.

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And yet the strangest wrinkle of all may be that De Luca (whose reputation has recently been bolstered by Boogie Nights and The Wedding Singer) is still standing. Most agents and producers contacted by EW — while acknowledging that De Luca has shown poor judgment — say that the exec’s latest faux pas will not affect his business relationships.
And an update on his career from earlier this year:
Veteran studio production chief Michael De Luca has turned down an offer to join Paramount Pictures, according to insiders.

The proposed plan was for De Luca to run the film division and work under Fox film chief Jim Gianopulos, who is Viacom's pick to run the troubled studio should he accept the assignment.

De Luca is said to enjoy the autonomy he maintains as an independent producer.