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William Horberg was for the past three years president of production at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), the Los Angeles and New York-based production, finance, and distribution company that works with esteemed filmmaking talent to create quality commercial films. Mr. Horberg recently signed a first-look producing deal with SKE.
SKE, in association with Universal Pictures, financed Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass’ critically acclaimed United 93, as well as executive-produced Billy Ray’s Breach. Universal also released Nick Cassavetes’ controversial Alpha Dog, which SKE produced and financed. The company’s other productions have included Kasi Lemmons’ Talk to Me (a Focus Features release), starring Don Cheadle and Independent Spirit Award winner Chiwetel Ejiofor; Frank Oz’ Death at a Funeral; Jon Poll’s Charlie Bartlett; Ira Sachs’ Married Life, starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams; Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling, Patricia Clarkson, and Emily Mortimer, and written by Academy Award nominee Nancy Oliver; Marc Forster’s The Kite Runner; and Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Samantha Morton.
Recently completed in post-production under Mr. Horberg for SKE are Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds; and Stephen Belber’s Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, and Woody Harrelson.
Mr. Horberg joined SKE after heading his own independent feature production company, Wonderland Films. Prior to forming Wonderland, he was partnered for 11 years with Academy Award-winning filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella in their film and television production company Mirage Enterprises.
During Mr. Horberg’s tenure at Mirage, he produced such films as Mr. Minghella’s Cold Mountain (for which Renée Zellweger won an Academy Award) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (starring Matt Damon and Academy Award nominee Jude Law); Phillip Noyce’s The Quiet American, starring Academy Award nominee Michael Caine; Tom Tykwer’s Heaven, starring Cate Blanchett; Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer.
For television during that time, he created and produced the acclaimed anthology series Fallen Angels (episodes of which were directed by Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Steven Soderbergh, among others); and executive-produced Bob Rafelson’s telefilm Poodle Springs, starring James Caan as Phillip Marlowe.
Before partnering in Mirage, Mr. Horberg spent several years at Paramount Pictures, beginning in 1987 as a creative executive. He was later promoted to senior vice president of production, and oversaw the development and production of such films as Jerry Zucker’s Academy Award-winning smash Ghost; David Zucker’s The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear; Kenneth Branagh’s Dead Again; Mike Nichols’ Regarding Henry; Michael Hoffman’s Soapdish; Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family; and Francis Coppola’s The Godfather Part III.