Pair rises at Creek

Firm appoints Kaplan CFO, Larner int'l veepee

Morgan Creek Prods. has expanded the duties of two new execs, as chairman and CEO James Robinson moves to revamp his Warner Bros.-based company in the wake of the departure of vice chairman and chief operating officer Gary Barber. (Daily Variety, July 11)

Howard Kaplan, who came aboard before Barber’s exit, now occupies the newly created post of chief financial officer. Kaplan was formerly with the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse, where his clients included MGM, Spelling Films and Disney, as well as Morgan Creek.

Drew Larner takes over foreign chores as VP of international. Larner has returned to the company after a stint at 20th Century Fox, and is expected to be Morgan Creek Intl.’s point man at major film and TV markets.

Former 20th Century Fox exec Leon Brachman continues to be a senior advisor to the company on business matters. He is expected to be tapped for a senior position in the near future.

In view of Barber’s ankling, insiders are emphasizing the 9-year-old indie company’s forward momentum, which in the past carried it through several exec changes. Joe Roth, who was Robinson’s founding partner at Morgan Creek, left in 1989 to head 20th Century Fox (and, later, Disney) and was followed by David Nicksay, who left the company in 1992.

Barber, also a former Price Waterhouse exec, joined Morgan Creek in 1989.

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