Clifford tapped Buena Vista prod’n veep

Exec to o'see 'Seventeen,' 'Unbreakable'

The Walt Disney Co. has promoted Jeffrey Clifford to vice president of production at the Buena Vista Motion Picture Group.

Clifford had been the studio’s director of production for a year and prior to that a creative executive.

“Clifford is a good guy with great taste,” said Nina Jacobson, prexy of the BVMPG. “He is very aggressive, but in a discriminating way. We’re lucky to have him in our group and I’m thrilled to be announcing his promotion.”

“I have had an amazing experience working with Nina Jacobson over the past two years,” Clifford said. “I am excited about the direction Peter Schneider is taking the studio and I look forward to working with him, Nina and our array of extremely talented filmmakers.”

Clifford is overseeing production of director John Stockwell’s “At Seventeen,” which stars Kirsten Dunst and Jay Hernandez. He is also overseeing “Unbreakable,” M. Night Shyamalan’s followup to “The Sixth Sense,” now in post-production at the Mouse House and due in theaters in November.

Clifford will supervise development and production of “The Royal Tennenbaums,” a “go” pic to be helmed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson.

During his tenure at the Mouse House, Clifford worked on such projects as “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” starring Rob Schneider. He was responsible for bringing “Keeping the Faith,” which Spyglass produced, into the studio.

Prior to Disney, Clifford worked as a producer in Gotham, where he made John Hamburg’s directorial debut “Safe Men.”

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