Vet grows into prexy slot
Jersey Films has upped Gail Lyon to president of the Universal-based production company run by partners Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher.
Lyon, who joined Jersey in 1996 as senior vice president, most recently served as executive vice president of the banner.
“Gail effortlessly runs the day-to-day operations at Jersey as well as being great at talent relations,” the Jersey partners said in a statement. “She is a fabulous executive who can help us grow our company.”
Under her new post (which has not been filled since Sher was promoted from prexy to partner in 1996), Lyon is charged with overseeing all development and production at the Jersey shingle. At Jersey, Lyon co-produced Andrew Niccol’s “Gattaca” and served as exec producer of “The Pentagon Wars” for HBO.
Lyon is exec producing such upcoming Jersey features as “The Vidocq Society,” “Blithe Spirit” with Nicole Kidman and Rupert Everett, the Whitney Houston vehicle “Get Christie Love” and an untitled Groucho Marx project to be written and directed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski.
Before joining Jersey, Lyon served as vice president of production for Hollywood Pictures.
Under its first-look deal with Universal, Jersey is producing the Milos Forman-helmed “Man on the Moon,” starring Jim Carrey and DeVito. The company’s next production, “Living Out Loud,” written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, will be released by New Line in October.
Jersey, which operates the record label Jersey Records and the specialized division Jersey Shore, recently entered into a television production pact with 20th Century Fox.