Exec assumes post November 28

David T. Friendly and Marc Turtletaub’s Deep River Prods. has tapped Laura Hopper as an executive.

Hopper assumes her title-free post Nov. 28. Friendly told Daily Variety that she will receive producer credit on the pics she brings in to the Paramount Pictures-based shingle.

“I wanted somebody who was a self-starter. Producing these days is all about generating things, and I knew that she was very smart and very much an entrepreneur,” Friendly said.

Hopper began her career as a trainee at UTA and has worked for shingles Red Wagon and Witt/Thomas. She spent five years in the motion picture department at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment before moving on to work as an independent producer; she has a number of projects around town, including “Father Knows Less,” with Dustin Hoffman attached, at New Line and “Sweat” at Fox 2000.

Deep River recently completed production on the indie pic “Little Miss Sunshine,” starring Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin. Dramedy, which has no distribution deal in place yet, is one of the first scripts Deep River purchased after forming in 2000. “Sunshine” was produced under the Deep River indie banner Big Beach. Friendly and Turtletaub produced with Peter Saraf, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

Fox will release the company’s “Big Momma’s House 2″ on Jan. 27.

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