Nate Hopper, a creative exec with TriStar Pictures, will become a VP and run the day-to-day operations of scripter//producer Judd Apatow’s production company at New Line Cinema, Apatow confirmed Monday.

Hopper is slated to start with Apatow Prods. after the beginning of the new year.

Apatow has a two-year, first-look deal with New Line. Hopper will help solicit material from TV and film writers for Apatow to produce as well as develop concepts for Apatow to write.

Hopper will first work on “Making Amends,” a pic Apatow is currently writing with Owen Wilson (star and scripter of “Bottle Rocket”).

Apatow will direct and Wilson will star in the project, which is aiming for a summer 1997 shoot.

“According to Nate’s resume, he is a very bright man with a keen sense of material. I pray to God he’s not lying,” Apatow quipped.

Hopper said he looked on the job as a different opportunity than his TriStar slot.

“Judd is one of the top comedic talents in the business … It will be exciting opportunity to learn from him and make some great movies,” Hopper said.

Hopper had been working on “S.W.A.T.,” a remake of the TV series, “The Killer,” a remake of the John Woo film, and “Zorro” for TriStar.

Apatow’s writing credits include “The Cable Guy” and “Celtic Pride.”

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