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DW names Evans VP of physical production

Exec, who held same position at Focus, starts in July

DreamWorks Studios has named Jane Evans exec VP of physical production.

Evans, who previously held the same position at Focus Features, will start next month at DreamWorks, where she’ll work on projects such as the Vince Vaughn comedy “Starbuck” and racing pic “Need for Speed.”

Evans’ hiring comes two months after Steve Molen left his post as the studio’s head of physical production.

“Jane’s below-the-line credits coupled with her executive experience is invaluable to the studio as we look to move forward with our projects,” said DreamWorks production prexy Holly Bario. “She is a seasoned executive with a fresh approach that will serve DreamWorks well. On behalf of Steven and Stacey, Jeff [Small] and I are pleased to welcome her onto the team.”

“Steven and Stacey have built an extraordinary team of passionate and intelligent executives at DreamWorks,” said Evans. “I’m thrilled to not only have the opportunity to work alongside Holly and Jeff and the rest of the team, but also to collaborate with some of the best filmmakers in the world.”

Evans began her career in the industry as a freelance production coordinator and supervisor on such films as “City Hall” and “Independence Day.” She served as senior VP of physical production at Miramax Films before joining Focus in October 2004 in the same position. Evans oversaw physical production and post-production on all in-house film productions at Focus, where she worked with filmmakers such as Ang Lee (“Taking Woodstock”), Sam Mendes (“Away We Go”) and Gus Van Sant (“Milk”).

While at Focus, Evans spearheaded the Green Production Alliance, which encourages and supports an industry standard of sustainability strategies and resources, and she also helped develop the Green Production Guide.

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