LOS ANGELES, CA (February 14, 2012) __ Fox 2000 Pictures president Elizabeth Gabler has renewed her deal with the Studio, it was announced today by Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, chairmen of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
Among the many notable pictures she has overseen at Fox 2000 Pictures are: “Walk the Line,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me,” the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” pictures (which have grossed over a billion dollars worldwide), “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Water For Elephants” and the upcoming “Life of Pi,” helmed by Ang Lee, from the publishing phenomenon and Booker Prize winner, “Guernsey,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the best-selling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters,” the sequel to the company’s hit fantasy-adventure, based on the publishing phenomenon by Rick Riordan.
Gabler’s career at the Studio also encompasses oversight of the seminal blockbusters “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Waiting to Exhale,” and “Cast Away.”
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos stated: “For the past twelve years, Elizabeth’s savvy, vision and taste has taken Fox 2000 Pictures to a level of success and accomplishment that exceeded our already high expectations. We couldn’t be happier that she will continue to lead the division in the years ahead.”
Concurrently, Jessica Goodman has joined Fox 2000 Pictures as executive vice president, production, and Marisa Paiva has been promoted from creative executive to director of development.
Goodman arrives at Fox from Warner Bros., where she was EVP, production, overseeing projects such as “Contagion,” “I Am Legend,” “Oceans 11” (and its two sequels), “Michael Clayton,” and “The Informant.” She joined Warner Bros. in 1998.
Paiva is currently working on director “Life of Pi” and last year was the creative executive on “Water For Elephants.”
Gabler stated: “It is with tremendous excitement that we welcome Jessica to Twentieth Century Fox and to the team at Fox 2000 Pictures. She has a tremendous wealth of experience and shares our passion and respect for wonderful material and filmmakers. Her fresh perspective and passion for her work will be inspirational to us all.
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