NEW YORK — Miramax Films has hired Charles Layton as exec VP in the office of the chairman. Layton was previously chief operating officer of Douglas-Reuther, the production company run by Michael Douglas.

Layton worked for Miramax seven years ago as executive vice president of acquisitions and production. In his new position, he will work directly with Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein on a wide range of activities, including corporate strategy, production and acquisitions.

“Charles has vast knowledge in both the creative and business arenas and will be a tremendous asset, obviously professionally but also personally, as I will now have more time to devote to creative areas,” Weinstein said.

“Harvey and I always knew that we would work together again,” Layton said. “The timing was fortuitous and I look forward to the continuing excitement that is Miramax and the Weinsteins.”

During his three-year tenure at Douglas-Reuther, the company produced “The Ghost and the Darkness,” starring Douglas and Val Kilmer; John Woo’s “Face/Off,” starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage; and the upcoming “The Rainmaker,” the adaptation of the John Grisham novel that was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and stars Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Danny De Vito and Jon Voight.

Before Douglas-Reuther, Layton worked with Douglas at Stonebridge Entertainment.

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