Five ride high: big promotions at Phoenix Pix

Development, publicity execs get new posts

Phoenix Pictures has reshuffled its ranks, upping five of its creative development and publicity executives to new positions within the production company. Christy Prunier, Nicholas Morton, Nicholas Osborne, Eric Paquette and Ian Smith have all been tapped for promotions.

Prunier, who has served as VP of production at Phoenix since the company’s inception, has been boosted to senior vice president of production. She has been responsible for shepherding all upcoming Phoenix releases, including Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil,” and has worked on Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn,” and Beeban Kidron’s “Swept from the Sea.”

New projects under Prunier’s purview include Scott Billups’ “Software,” and Andrew Fleming’s “Dick.”

Morton, who was promoted to vice president of development, began his career at Phoenix as an executive assistant, and later rose to creative executive, where he worked on numerous film projects. In his new post, he’ll help oversee “Dick.”

Osborne, who moves from creative affairs exec to veepee of development, joined Phoenix in 1996 and has also worked on several film projects. He brought Sylvio Horta’s “Urban Legend” pitch to Phoenix, and shepherded its script development. The project is greenlit for a spring start, and will be directed by Jamie Blanks, with Neil Moritz, Gina Matthews and Michael McDonnell producing.

Paquette was upped to director of creative affairs from his previous position as executive assistant to Phoenix chairman and CEO Mike Medavoy. In the new post, he’ll manage the story department.

Smith has been promoted to junior publicist and will work on all national and international press campaigns for Phoenix.

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