Roach house pegs Perini

Comic vet evolves to Everyman

Comic filmmaker Jay Roach has tapped veteran production and creative exec Jennifer Perini as senior executive at his Fox-based Everyman Pictures.

Perini has been creative affairs chief at DreamWorks-based Imagemovers since its 1997 launch by Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Sarkey. Before that, she had been a VP of theatrical production at Warner Bros.

“It’s always been my dream to work directly and intensely with a filmmaker,” she said. “That it turns out to be Jay Roach, whose talent, taste and creative goals I so admire, is a dream come true.”

Perini was responsible for bringing in and developing most of Imagemovers’ slate, including “Borgia,” “Thursday Night” and The Man Who Robbed the Pierre,” along with researching and securing writers to develop ideas for Zemeckis. She was involved in production of “Tin Cup,” “Disclosure” and “Something to Talk About” and oversaw development of “U.S. Marshals,” “Sphere” and “A Perfect Murder.”

Roach, who directed “Meet the Parents” and all three “Austin Powers” installments, signed an overall directing/producing deal with Fox and Fox 2000 last year. He worked with Perini over a year ago developing “Thursday Night.”

“Everything she did on that project was driven by one thing: the story,” he said. “The grace, wisdom, talent and integrity she demonstrated was refreshing and inspirational. I’m lucky to have her run my company.”

Roach has not yet committed to his next project but said four are under consideration — futuristic comedy “Used Guys” with Ben Stiller for DreamWorks/Columbia; “Meet the Fokkers,” the Universal/DreamWorks sequel to “Meet the Parents”; Fox’s “Utopia Street,” written by “Saturday Night Live” scribe Adam McKay; and Fox 2000’s “Up in the Air,” written by Walter Kirn.

Other Everyman projects include baseball comedy “Barbarians at the Plate” for Fox, an adaptation of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” at Disney and romantic comedy “50 First Kisses” for Col.

Perini replaces Julia Eisenman in the top slot at the shingle.

“Julia has done a great job for me this past year while I was away directing ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember,’ ” Roach said. “She’s extremely bright and a total class act. We’re parting on the best of terms, and she’ll stay involved in several of our favorite projects.”

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