Fox’s Ellis to join Caravan

Twentieth Century Fox senior VP of production Riley Kathryn Ellis has reached an agreement with Caravan Pictures to join the Disney-distributed production company when her Fox contract expires in June, sources said Thursday.

Ellis’ appointment marks the first time a Fox executive has been recruited by Caravan founder Joe Roth and partner Roger Birnbaum, who ran that studio for 3 1 /2 years before ankling in November 1992 to form Caravan.

At Fox, Ellis’ credentials include work on “The Last of the Mohicans,””My Cousin Vinny,””The Beverly Hillbillies,””Love Potion No. 9” and “Marked for Death.” She started as a VP ofproduction at Fox in 1989, rising to senior VP in 1991.

Ellis will be the most senior person in Caravan’s production ranks. Under terms of her deal, she will carry producer’s credit on projects that she brings in and develops. In keeping with Caravan’s free-form corporate structure, Ellis will not have an executive title.

The hiring of Ellis rounds out Caravan’s production team, which includes Sarah Bowman, Lisa Marantos, Amanda Moose and Jon Glickman. Working under Roth and Birnbaum, the team has been charged with bringing Caravan to an output of 10 movies annually.

A source said Ellis has demonstrated talent on the creative side of the business. The source described Ellis as “really talented but very temperamental, which is not necessarily great for being a film executive in the marble tower environment at Fox these days.”

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