Foster new pic prez at Rich Prods.

Gary Foster, still basking in the success of the $ 70 million-grossing “Sleepless in Seattle,” has been tapped as the new motion picture department prexy at Warner Bros.-based Lee Rich Prods., the company announced Friday.

He replaces Dylan Sellers, whoexited the spot at LRP for an exec VP seat at 20th Century Fox (Daily Variety, May 26). Foster, who will retain production offices at TriStar for Gary Foster Prods., starts the position Aug. 2.

“My mandate from Lee (Rich) is to get movies made and I think he’s really got a great slate of projects,” Foster said. “He’s got tremendous tools and resources, so this is a great opportunity for both of us to be more successful … I’m very impressed with the concepts, writers, actors and directors he has.”

One of the key people Foster brings with him to the yellow bungalow on the WB lot is Josie Rosen, who has worked at Foster Prods. for a year as production veep and will keep that title in her new job at Lee Rich Prods.

Some of the WB projects Foster will oversee were initiated by Rich and Sellers. They include the Clint Eastwood vehicles “Henry in Love” and “Paradise Junction,” the Sean Connery thriller “Just Cause” and the bomb-scare pic “20 Minutes.”

Meanwhile, Foster said his Gary Foster Prods. will proceed apace with his new duties at LRP, and that his 7-year-old first-look deal with TriStar also will continue.

Among the his company’s 10 projects are “Brothers in Crime” at New Line, which Brad Byrd is slated to helm this fall; “The 10th,” a Mark Kasdan and Terry Swann-written true story of the 10th U.S. Mountain Div. in WWII; and “The Fifth Profession,” a futuristic action pic being written by Michael Beckner (“Sniper”) based on a David Morell novel.

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