Exec extolled for his 'story sense'

Derek Evans has been promoted from VP of production to senior VP of production at Spyglass Ent.

Evans will continue to report to prexy of production Jonathan Glickman.

“Derek has been with us from the very beginning, and I’m excited that we could acknowledge all of his hard work in this way,” said Glickman. “His ear is finely tuned for what makes a great story, and as he has demonstrated on ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ and ‘Reign of Fire,’ he’s been a strong force in overseeing his projects. He’s a valuable member of the team and a trusted associate.”

Evans served as assistant to Scott Rudin in 1995 before joining Birnbaum and Glickman as a creative executive at Caravan Pictures in 1996. In 1999, he moved to Spyglass as director of development upon the formation of the company and was promoted soon thereafter.

At Spyglass, Evans helped bring in and oversaw “Count” and the forthcoming “Reign of Fire,” serving as co-producer on both. He previously brought in “Keeping the Faith,” which starred and was helmed by Edward Norton. Evans is currently supervising such projects as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” to which Jay Roach has been attached to helm, and “Mage,” based on the graphic novel.

Run by co-chairman/CEO’s Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, Spyglass is a based at the Walt Disney Co.

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