After weeks of powwows with studio toppers, longtime industry fixture Robert E. Relyea has been tapped for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists exec production VP spot, it was announced Tuesday.

Insiders said the choice to put the 38-year industry veteran in the top production post at the rebounding studio was an obvious one, since no one else had been interviewed for the job.

Relyea will be responsible for shepherding product for both MGM and UA once the scripts in studio chairman/CEO Frank G. Mancuso’s new acquisitions pile start taking a definite shape.

Before exiting a similar position at Paramount last year (Daily Variety, Jan. 6, 1992), Relyea was involved with such high-end titles as “Patriot Games,””The Addams Family,””The Godfather Part III, “”Star Trek VI,””Ghost” and “The Hunt for Red October.”

Relyea’s Hollywood career started in 1955, when he landed a second assistant director slot at Colpix before moving on to MGM as first assistant director.

Over the ensuing years, Relyea rose to several top exec positions at Lorimar Prods., Melvin Simon Prods., Keith Barish Prods., Warner Bros. TV and late thesp Steve McQueen’s Solar Prods.

During that time, some of Relyea’s projects included “Bullitt,””West Side Story,””The Magnificent Seven,””The Great Escape” and “The Alamo.”

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