Meanwhile, Pacifica has pursued studio projects in other states, including Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The company is building a movie studio in the Philadelphia area with the help of a $10-million grant approved by the state. "We're not sure how this bankruptcy filing will affect this deal in Pennsylvania," said Amy Kelchner, spokeswoman for Gov. Ed Rendell. "We'll have to look into it before any money is paid out."
Katersky previously worked as chief financial officer of Taubman Co., a shopping center developer, and ran a start-up technology company, InterGlobal Waste Management, which aimed to develop wastewater treatment systems for animal farms. In late 2000, a subsidiary of InterGlobal received a grant to launch a much-touted manufacturing plant that was expected to create as many as 400 jobs. But the project fizzled, and the New Orleans Business Improvement District later won a judgment against InterGlobal for defaulting on its lease.