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TriStar names Lloyd exec VP

Lauren Lloyd, a senior VP of production with the now-defunct Hollywood Pictures, has sealed a deal to become an exec VP of production for TriStar Pictures, the studio confirmed Monday.

Lloyd will join exec vice presidents Chris Lee and Amy Baer in the senior TriStar ranks. She reports directly to TriStar prexy Robert Cooper and is slated to start on the Culver City lot Jan. 27.

Lloyd is expected to usher in some big-ticket projects for the newly revamped studio based on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot.

Lloyd represents the first major hire for Cooper, who took over the TriStar reins in August. He recently promoted Baer to exec VP.

“She just stood out,” Cooper said. “Lauren has tremendous experience in production. I had a sense that she really got it. There was a kind of assertiveness and self-starting nature that really impressed me.”

Cooper, who has spent the last few months rebuilding the TriStar production staff, is still searching for a president of production.

Lloyd said she looked forward to hooking up with Cooper: “I’m inspired by the provocative and the classy movies he made at HBO. He’s got great taste.”

At Hollywood, Lloyd oversaw such pics as Diane Keaton’s “Unstrung Heroes,” the Caravan Pics grosser “While You Were Sleeping,” Ridley Scott’s “White Squall” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Jack.”

She also served as a liaison between Hollywood Pics and Cinergi on such projects as “Judge Dredd,” “The Scarlet Letter” and the upcoming “Evita.”

Before joining Hollywood in June 1995, Lloyd had her own production company with Wallis Nicita, which produced five films including “Mermaids,” “The Butcher’s Wife” and “Drop Zone.”

In the early 1980s, Lloyd was a casting director with Marion Dougherty Associates at Warner Bros. and then moved onto a casting partnership with Gail Levin.

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