Robert Relyea has been upped to president of production for MGM Pictures and United Artists, it was announced Wednesday by Frank Mancuso, chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

“Bob Relyea is an industry great who has done a remarkable job in helping MGM and United Artists return to a position of prominence,” said Mancuso.

Relyea reports jointly to MGM Inc. vice chairman Robert Pisano, UA prexy Lindsay Doran and MGM Pictures prexy Michael Nathanson.

As exec VP for film production at MGM since 1993, Relyea has overseen production on such pictures as “Species,” “Get Shorty,” “Goldeneye” and “The Birdcage.” Upcoming films currently under his purview include the next Bond film, “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Man in the Iron Mask,” “Hoodlum,” “Red Corner,” and “Species II.”

Relyea was previously head of physical production at Paramount, where he supervised such projects as “The Hunt For Red October,” “Ghost,” “Star Trek VI” and “Godfather III.”

Relyea also served as an exec at Lorimar and Melvin Simon productions, as well as at Steve McQueen’s Solar Prods., where he exec produced “Bullitt” and “The Reivers.”

Among his production credits are films such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “West Side Story,” “The Great Escape” and “The Day of the Dolphin,” working with directors such as Francis Coppola, Stanley Donen, Mike Nichols, John Sturges, Robert Wise, William Wyler and Peter Yates.

A native Californian and third-generation film industry veteran, Relyea was appointed last year by Gov. Pete Wilson to the California Film Commission.

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