Liebling, Young, Asbell promoted; Brenner joins co. as sr. VP
Fox is upping three of its production execs and bringing aboard a fourth.Debbie Liebling has been promoted to exec VP of production. She joined Fox in 2002 as a senior veep and just supervised the summer comedy blockbuster “DodgeBall,” the upcoming “Because of Winn-Dixie,” directed by Wayne Wang, and the as-yet-untitled Mike Judge-helmed comedy starring Luke Wilson. Alex Young has been upped from veepee to senior VP of production. Young oversaw the tentpole “X2″ and the planned August release “Alien vs. Predator.” He is shepherding an action-heavy slate including “Fantastic Four,” based on the Marvel comicbook, which goes into production next month; “Josiah’s Canon,” a thriller to star Sean Connery, with Brett Ratner at the helm; “X-Men 3,” the next film in the X-Men franchise; and “Die Hard 4.0,” with Bruce Willis attached to star. Also given production senior veepee stripes, Robbie Brenner joins the studio from Miramax Films. She produced the pic “Haven,” directed by Frank Flowers, which premieres at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival. At Fox, Brenner will oversee development and production on “Tender Is the Night,” based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and with a screenplay by Jesse Wigutow; “Gideon,” a horror-thriller from bestselling author Andrew Klavan; and “The Search,” to be helmed by Marc Forster (“Monster’s Ball,” “Stay”) from a screenplay by Kilian Kerwin. Finally, Steve Asbell was promoted from director to VP of production. He is overseeing the upcoming Ridley Scott adventure “Kingdom of Heaven” and was a junior executive on “Master and Commander,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “I, Robot.” Fox is neck-and-neck with DreamWorks for third place in studio market share this year.