Prexy renews deal; Fox also taps exec duo

Fox 2000 Pictures prexy Elizabeth Gabler has renewed her deal with Fox. Additonally, Fox 2000 has hired Jessica Goodman as exec VP of production and upped Marisa Paiva from creative exec to director of development.

Among the movies Gabler has overseen at Fox 2000 are literary adaptations “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me,” “Water For Elephants” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” as well as the upcoming films “Life of Pi” from Ang Lee, “Guernsey” from Kenneth Branagh and sequel “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters,” in addition to “Walk the Line” and the billion-dollar grossing “Alvin and the Chipmunks” franchise. Her career at Fox also encompasses oversight of the hit pics “Cast Away,” “Waiting to Exhale” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos stated: “For the past twelve years, Elizabeth’s savvy, vision and taste has taken Fox 2000 Pictures to a level of success and accomplishment that exceeded our already high expectations. We couldn’t be happier that she will continue to lead the division in the years ahead,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman in a joint statement.

Goodman joins Fox 2000 from Warner Bros., where she has worked since 1998, most recently as exec VP of production. At WB, Goodman was responsible for overseeing projects such as “Contagion,” “I Am Legend,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Informant” and the “Oceans” trilogy.

“It is with tremendous excitement that we welcome Jessica to Twentieth Century Fox and to the team at Fox 2000 Pictures,” said Gabler. “She has a tremendous wealth of experience and shares our passion and respect for wonderful material and filmmakers. Her fresh perspective and passion for her work will be inspirational to us all.”

Paiva, who was the creative executive on “Water For Elephants,” is is currently working “Life of Pi.”

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