The paper said Rudin confirmed he is shifting his operation to Disney from Paramount Pictures, where his company has produced some of the studio's biggest hits during the past 15 years -- including "School of Rock," "Clueless," "The Addams Family" and "Sister Act." Rudin has also produced critically acclaimed hits such as "The Hours," "The Truman Show" and "Wonder Boys."
He will supervise the specialty films unit that Disney will operate following its recent breakup with Miramax co-founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
Rudin said his contract allows Disney first rights to all of his projects at its three film labels -- Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Miramax.
The Times characterized Rudin as a producer with an eye for commercial hits, as well as the kinds of Oscar-worthy projects that the Weinsteins used to attract top talent. The paper said Rudin ranks with Disney producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Imagine Films' Brian Grazer in the top tier of Hollywood producers.
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