Michael Russell has resigned his post as vice president of national publicity at 20th Century Fox, effective March 5.

Studio sources indicate that there were ongoing conflicts between Russell and his boss, Fox domestic marketing president Andrea Jaffe.

Jaffe declined to comment beyond a prepared statement saying, “I’ve enjoyed working with Michael. … I respect his decision and wish him all the best.”

‘Appropriate time’ to leave

Russell also refused to comment on his reasons for leaving. He said in a prepared statement, “I feel this is the appropriate time to make a change and I want to pursue other opportunities.”

Russell reportedly plans to take some time off to consider various career options.

Since joining Fox last May, Russell oversaw the publicity campaigns for such movies as “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Worked on Oscar winners

He came to the studio after serving for 18 months as VP of national publicity , for Orion Pictures, where he oversaw the publicity for such Oscar-winning pix as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Dances With Wolves.”

Before that, Russell spent four years in the publicity department of Paramount Pictures, working on the campaigns for such films as “Ghost,””Fatal Attraction,””Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,””The Hunt for Red October,””The Untouchables” and “Beverly Hills Cop II.”

Also at Disney

Russell joined Paramount in March 1987 as director of national publicity and was elevated to executive director in June 1989.

Prior to Paramount, he worked in the publicity department at Disney for nine years.

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