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Sellers exits Rich for Fox exec VP gig

Dylan Sellers will ankle his post as prexy of Warner Bros.-based Lee Rich Prods. to join the film production team at 20th Century Fox as executive VP of production.

“What we have been doing is putting together a very aggressive can-do competitive executiveteam,” said Tom Jacobson, Fox president of worldwide production. “I’ve found Dylan to be a strong executive, a good idea person and a great people person.”

Sellers and Jacobson have previously worked together on developing the feature project “Florida Straights,” which is currently at Fox. They also worked on another Touchstone co-venture now in development, “Shock Corridor.”

“I think coming into a company where there’s a new regime affords you a certain degree of flexibility,” Sellers noted. “It’s a great time to join such a company.

“Look at the last few months at Fox. They’ve been buying a lot of spec scripts. You get the feeling that you will be able to partake in the building of the company.”

Sellers’ hire rounds out a young and energetic film production team under Fox chair Peter Chernin.

“What I see happening there is a very aggressive move to build up the production slate,” Sellers said.

Sellers had been with Lee Rich Prods. since 1991. During that time, he produced the action-thriller “Passenger 57,” and put about 20 film projects into development.

On his own, he independently produced “The Music of Chance,” a project directed by Philip Haas that Sellers said “came from the heart.” The film was recently screened at Cannes and will be released in June. He also developed and is producing with Imagine Entertainment “The Paper,” the Ron Howard film based on a script by David and Stephen Koepp. Starring Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei and Randy Quaid, the film — about a day in the life of a fictional tabloid newspaper — is skedded to start principal photography in July.

“‘The Paper’ is the sort of movie that I personally would like to make,” Sellers said. “It has the chance for immense commercial success and yet it has something to say about real people. It’s sophisticated and involving.”

Prior to his work as an independent producer, Sellers was veepee of production for Simpson/Bruckheimer Prods.

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