Fox ups London to exec veep

Twentieth Century Fox has moved Michael London into a more visible position within the studio’s film unit, upping him to executive vice president of production.

The promotion comes two weeks after Dylan Sellers moved over to the lot from Warner Bros.

-based Lee Rich Prods. to take on a similar post. They both report directly to Tom Jacobson, president of worldwide production.

“Michael is a very capable executive who has consistently made important contributions toour development and production slate,” Jacobson said. “I want him to continue to be a key member of our team.”

London, who could not be reached for comment, is currently in pre-production on the Nicholas Cage/Jon Lovitz comedy “It Happened in Paradise.” The film, written and directed by George Gallo, will begin lensing in January, probably in Canada.

Prior to this promotion, London had been one of about a half-dozen senior veepees at Fox. He joined the studio in 1989.

During his tenure at Fox, London has supervised such films as “Class Action, “”Sleeping With the Enemy,””Alien3,””29thStreet,””Hoffa,””The Sandlot” and “Freaked.” More recently he’s been working on “Airheads,””PCU” and “Bad Girls.”

He began his career as a reader at Intl. Creative Management, and joined the Los Angeles Times in 1982 as a staff writer.

He left the Times in 1986 to work at Simpson-Bruckheimer Prods. as VP and, later, senior veep. While there, he worked on such films as “Top Gun” and Beverly Hills Cop II.”

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