BRIDGET JOHNSON, senior veep of production at Touchstone Pictures, has been named president of motion pictures at James L. Brooks’ Grade Films.
Johnson, who has been with Touchstone since 1989, is the first studio exec to leave since Joe Roth came aboard as chairman. The move signals a new structure at Gracie Films, since the company already has a president in Richard Sakai, who has been with Brooks for 18 years.
In addition to producing films – including “I’ll Do Anything,” “Broadcast News” and “The War of the Roses” – Gracie produces “The Simpsons” and “The Critic” for Fox TV.
Fine Line Features named LEE ANN HILEMAN acquisitions manager, where she will work with the acquisitions team at Fine Line’s parent, New Line Cinema.