Ross Hering, a 10-year veteran of Lucasfilm Ltd., has ankled the company to launch Monarch Prods., a Hollywood-based feature film production company.

Hering was formerly director of business development forTHX, a division of Lucasfilm, where he created quality-assurance services and was involved in the development of a variety of Lucasfilm enterprises, including the Theatre Alignment Program and, most recently, the THX Laser Disc Program.

“Ten years at Lucasfilm has had a profound effect on my approach to film,” Hering said. “It’s been my good fortune to observe the best working at Lucas’ (Marin County) ranch. This is a natural step for me and one I have been preparing to takefor a long time.”

According to Hering, Monarch’s focus will be on large-scale commercial films in the action-adventure genre. The company already has a slate of eight pix in development.

At the top of Monarch’s development slate is “Codetalkers,” written by writer/producer J.D. O’Shei, a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program, and a partner and creative director of Monarch.

“Codetalkers,” described by Hering as an “action-adventure star vehicle,” is based on the true story of a group of Navajo Indians in the Marine Corps during World War II who devised a military code that could not be deciphered by the Japanese.