Sony Hires Elizabeth Gabler and the Entire Fox 2000 Team After Disney Shuttered the Division
Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox and its shuttering of the Fox 2000 label, entertainment executive Elizabeth Gabler’s fate and that of her fellow staffers was far from certain. That uncertainty didn’t last long.
Per Variety, Gabler and her entire development team of Erin Siminoff, Marisa Paiva, Nikki Ramey and Molly Saffron are headed to Sony at the end of August in an innovative content deal aligned with HarperCollins that will see the crew developing projects for film and TV based on HC’s books.
The yet-to-be-named company will be based on Sony’s Culver City lot and enjoy a first-look deal across platforms in a multiyear pact. Gabler will work with Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chief Tom Rothman and HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray.
“For the past two decades our division has thrived by building a film slate based principally on adaptations of literary properties, both fiction and non-fiction,” Gabler said in a statement. “We have always felt that HarperCollins is part of our family and it is now an honor and a privilege to create a true partnership with Brian Murray and his amazing global team. The only person I know who could have made this a reality with Brian is my mentor, friend, and inspiration, Tom Rothman, and my team and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity to become part of the powerhouse that is Sony Pictures Entertainment.”
Gabler is known for developing risky ventures, having produced original titles such as ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ and ‘Love, Simon.’ Considering these properties are all based on literary works, the current deal is seemingly right in her wheelhouse.