Schroeder named exec VP, Ruiz joins as veep

New Regency is doing some reorganizing in its executive suite. Company has hired Adam Schroeder to be a new exec VP of production.

Also joining is veep Jonathan Ruiz, while current veep Stacy Maes is departing for a producing deal with the studio.

Schroeder, a Warners-based producer the past four years after a stint as prexy for Scott Rudin’s shingle, joins recently upped Regency exec Kara Francis at the exec veep level.

They will both answer to production prexy Sanford Panitch.

While working with Rudin, Schroeder produced pics including Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” and Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan.”

Under his Adam Schroeder Entertainment banner, he produced “The Tuxedo,” starring Jackie Chan.

“I’ve known Adam a long time, and I’ve tried on numerous occasions over the years to get into business with him,” Panitch said “He will be a key and much-needed asset for Regency as we begin one of our busiest years.”

Coming off this year’s success of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” which is headed to a $500 million worldwide box office gross and debuted as the top-selling DVD when released Nov. 29, Regency Enterprises has seven pics skedded for a 2006 release, including Robert Luketic’s adaptation of “Dallas” and Doug Liman’s “Smith” follow-up, “Jumper.”

Maes will serve in a producing capacity on “Jumper” along with Lucas Foster and Simon Kinberg. She’ll also work on two Regency development projects, “The Sixth Extinction” and “Courtney Crumrin.”

Panitch said: “While we are sad to see her go, she will still be close to home in her producing capacity. She did a great job in finding ‘Jumper,’ and we are thrilled she will be able to devote more time to that project.”

Ruiz is a production veep with Lions Gate. Prior to that he was a film talent agent with CAA, where he covered the Sundance fest and worked with actors including John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Alba.

Panitch said Ruiz will help Regency find niche-oriented projects to complement its tentpoles.

“Regency has been considering making some modestly budgeted, targeted films, and Jonathan will be a superb asset in that area particularly.”

Schroeder and Ruiz both start at the company in the new year.

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