Los Angeles, CA- Holly Bario and Mark Sourian have been named Co-Presidents of Production for DreamWorks Studios it was announced today by Stacey Snider, CEO and Co-Chairman of DreamWorks Studios.
Bario and Sourian will step in to the post vacated by Adam Goodman, who moved to Paramount to oversee the development of former DreamWorks projects that the studio inherited in the split.
“Holly and Mark are two of the most talented creative executives who have ever worked with us,” said Stacey Snider. “Steven and I are delighted to give them this new expanded opportunity to develop our films and bring them to the worldwide motion picture audience. I’ve worked with Holly since our days at TriStar and I’ve relied immensely on her judgment and skills; and I have worked closely with Mark over the past two and half years as he has shepherded many successful films. They are smart, bright, and enthusiastic, reflecting the best in a new generation of film executives.”
“Mark and I are thrilled at the opportunity Stacey and Steven have given us to expand our roles in the DreamWorks family,” said Holly Bario. “I am personally grateful to Stacey for her years of friendship and guidance and with Mark I look forward to building our staff and our slate.”
“I am excited to be a part of this new chapter in DreamWorks’ history and join with Holly in thanking Steven and Stacey for this new role in the new company,” said Mark Sourian. “DreamWorks has been my home for many years and I look forward to continue bringing the best movies to worldwide audiences.”
Holly Bario joined DreamWorks at the beginning of 2008 and was previously EVP of Production at Universal Studios. During her decade tenure at Universal, Bario oversaw such box office successes as “Bruce Almighty,” “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Knocked Up.” Before joining Universal in 1998, Bario worked for Marc Platt at TriStar Productions.
Mark Sourian began his career as the assistant to Scott Rudin. He joined DreamWorks in 1997 as a development assistant and has worked his way up as a senior executive in the company. He has shepherded projects such as the box office smash “The Ring” and it’s sequel “The Ring 2,” the Academy Award nominated film “House of Sand and Fog,” “Red Eye,” “The Kite Runner,” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg recently departed Paramount Pictures to partner with India’s Reliance Big Entertainment on a new motion picture company. Earlier this week they made a 7-year worldwide distribution deal with Universal Studios who will market and distribute the new company’s films.