Exec new production veep at Searchlight

Zola Mashariki has been promoted to VP production at Fox Searchlight. She will report to production prexy Claudia Lewis.

“With her creativity and intelligence, she has proven to be an integral part of our team, and we are so proud that she will continue to make the distinctive films she is known for,” Lewis said.

Mashariki began her tenure at Fox Searchlight in May 2000 as a production intern; she was upped to creative exec in January 2001 and to director in November 2003. She has worked on projects including “Kinsey,” “In America,” “Antwone Fisher,” “Le Divorce” and “Never Die Alone.”

Her current projects include “Phat Girlz,” starring Mo’Nique, and Mira Nair’s “The Namesake,” based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. Upcoming films she is overseeing include “I Think I Love My Wife,” starring and co-written by Chris Rock, and “The Notorious B.I.G.,” the story of infamous rapper Christopher Wallace.

Before joining Searchlight, Mashariki worked as a corporate attorney for Proskauer Rose in New York.

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