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Jack Lechner signs Wsf deal

6 January 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Producer Jack Lechner has signed a first-look deal with Joshua Blum's production and talent management company Washington Square Arts & Films. Lechner, who will be based at Wsf's Manhattan office, will be charged with bringing in new projects as well as shepherding select projects already on Wsf's roster as Wsf expands to produce four to six projects annually.

Both Lechner and Wsf also will continue to pursue projects independently.

Wsf's projects include the Emmy-winning documentary "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life" and the feature "Old Joy," directed by Kelly Reichert. The company is currently developing a documentary about Spalding Gray with Steven Soderbergh.

An independent producer, Lechner has served as a senior executive at Miramax, Film Four and HBO, among others. He was executive producer of the Oscar-winning doc "The Fog of War" as well as the new doc "Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story," which will premiere »

- By Gregg Kilday

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