Veteran of TWC and Heyday will help with acquisitions and development

GK Films has hired Abby Ex as VP of production and development to help find and acquire material and serve as creative support on existing projects.

Company has been active on the development front in recent weeks, announcing it was developing “Spartacus” as a feature film, based on a pitch from “300″ writer Michael B. Gordon, and picking up feature rights with Johnny Depp to three-part graphic novel “The Vault.”

Ex will report to Kahli Small, exec VP of production and development. She previously held the position of VP of production and development at The Weinstein Co. in LosAngeles, where she worked on “The King’s Speech,” “Nine,” “Hoodwinked Too,” “The Master” and “Dirty Girl.”

Prior to TWC, Ex was a production exec at David Heyman’s Heyday Films. She set up “Treehouse Gang” by Tim Dowling at Warners as well as Adam Kline’s script “With Kind Regards From Kindergarten” at Focus Features.

“Abby has built an amazing network of relationships, and has her finger on the pulse of Hollywood,” Small said. “She knows how to spot young talent, as well as talk to the more established filmmakers.”

GK Films, launched by Graham King and Tim Headington in 2007, is in post-production on “Hugo,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and “The Rum Diary.” It’s in development on the pic adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” the untitled Freddie Mercury story and a “Tomb Raider” reboot.

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