Jennifer Todd joins Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at Pearl Street

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s big hire for their production company is less than six degrees of separation from Boston. Jennifer Todd, who was tapped this week to be president of Affleck and Damon’s Pearl Street Films, is married to Chris Messina, who appeared in the local movie “Fairhaven,” and stars opposite Boston’s Mindy Kaling in the new Fox show “The Mindy Project.” Also, Todd produced “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which was co-written by (and stars) Harvard grad Rashida Jones. Affleck and Damon said in a statement about Todd to The Hollywood Reporter, “She is great at producing and developing material, and we believe that with her we can take the company to the next level.” This, of course, means that Todd will oversee Affleck and Damon’s movie about Whitey Bulger, which the Internet Movie Database still lists as “Untitled Whitey Bulger Project.” Todd’s producing resume also includes “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe” (directed by Newton’s Julie Taymor), and one of Affleck’s many movies from 2000, “Boiler Room.”

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