LOS ANGELES – Jane Evans has been named Executive Vice President of Physical Production at DreamWorks Studios, it was announced today by Jeff Small, President and COO, and Holly Bario, President of Production at the studio. Evans joins DreamWorks from her previous post at Focus Features as EVP of Physical Production. She will start at the studio in July working on such projects as “Starbuck” and “Need for Speed.”
“Jane’s below-the-line credits coupled with her executive experience is invaluable to the studio as we look to move forward with our projects,” said Holly Bario. “She is a seasoned executive with a fresh approach that will serve DreamWorks well. On behalf of Steven and Stacey, Jeff and I are pleased to welcome her onto the team.”
“Steven and Stacey have built an extraordinary team of passionate and intelligent executives at DreamWorks,” said Jane Evans. “I’m thrilled to not only have the opportunity to work alongside Holly and Jeff and the rest of the team, but also to collaborate with some of the best filmmakers in the world.”
Evans joined Focus Features in October 2004 as senior vice president, physical production and oversaw physical production and post-production on all in-house film productions. While there, she worked with award winning filmmakers including, Ang Lee (“Taking Woodstock”), Joel and Ethan Coen (“Burn After Reading,” “A Serious Man”), Joe Wright (“Hanna” and the upcoming “Anna Karenina”), Gus Van Zant (“Milk” and the upcoming “Promised Land”) and Sam Mendes (“Away We Go”). Prior to her tenure at Focus, Evans was senior vice president of physical production at Miramax Films overseeing such films as “Spy Kids,” “Sin City,” “Chocolat,” “Finding Neverland,” “Proof” and “Cold Mountain.” Before joining Miramax, she was director of production at HBONYC Productions from 1996 to 1999. She began her career in the industry as a freelance production coordinator and supervisor, on such films as “Nighthawks,” “City Hall” and “Independence Day.” Evans is a member the Producers Guild of America and a member of the PGA Green Committee. At Focus, she oversaw a pilot program to implement the reduction of carbon emissions on productions. She spearheaded the Green Production Alliance (GPA) with colleagues at other studios and production companies to encourage and support an industry standard of sustainability strategies and resources and was part of the team that developed the Green Production Guide. In 2009 she was honored with the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson award as part of the Green is Universal team. In 2011, two Focus Films under her supervision were recognized by the Environmental Media Association, “Hyde Park on Hudson” and “Being Flynn.”
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