Michael De Luca
New York University
Joined DreamWorks as production president and COO
Left New Line (February)
Executive produced "Blow", a biopic of cocaine dealer George Jung starring Johnny Depp
Served as an executive producer on the historical drama "Thirteen Days"
Reteamed with P.T. Anderson on "Magnolia"
Executive produced the box-office hit sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
Greenlit "Town & Country", a romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty; the film's troubled production dragged on for almost two years before it was completed; released theatrically in 2001
Was co-executive producer of the controversial "American History X"
At a party held at the home of William Morris Agency president Arnold Rifkin, reportedly engaged in a consensual sexual act with a female while guest looked on; according to the Los Angeles Times, was escorted from the property by security guards
Served as executive producer of the satirical comedy "Wag the Dog"
Began affiliation with Paul Thomas Anderson on "Boogie Nights"
Penned the screenplay for and executive produced "In the Mouth of Madness"
Executive produced "The Mask", starring Jim Carrey
Named president of production at New Line
In October, promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of New Line's productions unit
Named senior vice president of production at New Line Cinema in April
Wrote for and served as an executive story consultant on the CBS series, "Dark Justice"
Executive produced and wrote the screenplay for the feature film, "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare"
Appointed vice president for creative development at New Line
Associate produced the feature, "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III"
Co-wrote the premiere episode of the syndicated TV series, "Freddy's Nightmares"; has also served as an executive story consultant for the series
Formally joined New Line
Began working as an intern at New Line Cinema at age 19 while completing his undergraduate degree at NYU
Raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York
Worked as a senior story editor and later director of development at New Line
A November 1996 GQ profile by Lucy Kaylin recounted an evening of drinking with De Luca that ended in his punching another patron whom he thought was blocking his way.
Also in 1996, De Luca received two years' probation and payed a $500 fine for driving "under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug." (Source: Los Angeles Times, March 27, 1998.