EXCLUSIVE: As Relativity goes through yet another financial crisis, some of its former executives are landing other jobs. Jason Barhydt, the studio’s former EVP Production who exited right before the company’s restructuring, has just re-joined his old boss Tucker Tooley in the same role. Tooley formerly was the president of Relativity before he exited and started the TV and film production company that bears his name.
The move comes as Relativity co-CEO Joe Nicholas exited last month and as the company is looking for a sale only about six months after it emerged from bankruptcy.
Barhydt will hit the ground running in his new post, working on several Tooley Productions already has on its slate: the modern thriller 6 Below based on the true story of former Olympic hockey player Eric LeMarque, who gets lost snowboarding in a massive storm; Hunter Killer (which was previously at Relativity) starring Gerard Butler; Den Of Thieves currently set up at STX Entertainment; a TV adaptation of Neil Strauss’ nonfiction book Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life; and Mary, a supernatural thriller set on the water.
While at Relativity, Barhydt worked on Dear John; The Fighter, which earned seven Oscar nominations and won two; Immortals; Limitless; and Haywire.
Before his stint at Relativity, Barhydt worked with producer Matt Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment where he helped develop the long-running Broadway show Rock Of Ages. He began his career at Brillstein Grey.