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GARY BARBER, chief operating officer of Morgan Creek Prods., has re-upped at the company for another five years and has added a vice chairmanship title.

Barber, who has been with Morgan Creek since 1989, will continue to oversee all day-to-day operations of the Warner Bros.-based production entity. That includes Morgan Creek Intl., Morgan Creek Music Group and all feature film production.

Barber re-upped with Morgan Creek right before the Christmas holidays. He had been in talks with other companies, and last fall rumors were flying that he was leaving Morgan Creek. Industry sources said that as part of Barber’s deal, Robinson not only gave him the title but also equity in the company. Neither Barber nor Robinson would comment.

Barber said his decision to stay was based on Morgan Creek being one of the only growing independents. “We’re the last of the true independents and we’re diversifying to numerous businesses which are exciting,” he said.

In the past five years, Morgan Creek has been aggressively investing in other areas, including music and exhibition. In October 1992, MCP acquired a 40% equity interest in First Intl. Theaters, which operates around 60 screens in secondary markets throughout Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.

It also joined hands with its distributor, Warner Bros., and with French textile giant Chargeurs to build multiplexes in Holland – the first of which opens April 25. MCP recently spun off “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” into an animated Saturday morning series for CBS.

Fine Line Features has named Emma Clarke, a free-lance script reader and production exec, as its first fulltime rep in London. Clarke, whose title will be senior creative exec, will scout movie projects for development or acquisition for the arthouse division of New Line Cinema. She reports to Ruth Vitale, recently named prexy of Fine Line.

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