Searchlight finds Grey for prod’n

Exec will o'see his own projects, Proyas' 'Garage Days'

Lawrence Grey, former VP at the Fox 2000-based Zucker/Netter Prods., has been tapped as director of production at Fox Searchlight.

Grey will help grow Searchlight’s upcoming slate as the company sets its sights on producing about a dozen pics this year, adding more niche and genre titles to its repertoire.

“I tend to gravitate toward more commercial material,” Grey said. “I have a lot of experience with comedy.”

Grey will oversee his own projects and work with exec VP of productions Claudia Lewis on the upcoming pic “Garage Days” from director Alex Proyas (“The Crow”), which is shooting this spring in Australia.

Grey was at Zucker Netter for nearly two years, working on 20th Century Fox’s “Dude, Where’s My Car” and Joel Schumacher’s upcoming “Phone Booth” for Fox 2000.

A graduate of Georgetown Law School, he got his start as an assistant to producer Scott Rudin and later served as director of development at MPCA/Orion.

Grey will produce for Fox 2000 the Harold Ramis-helmed “Rule Number Three,” which he helped to acquire. The pic has yet to be cast and is skedded for after the guilds’ contracts are settled.

He is also attached to produce “Heat Vision and Jack,” a film version of the TV pilot directed by Ben Stiller and starring comedian Jack Black (“Saving Silverman”) and Owen Wilson (“Meet the Parents”).

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