UA boosts Kleeman to prod’n exec veep

Jeff Kleeman, the United Artists production exec charged with overseeing the company’s revitalized James Bond film franchise, has been upped to executive vice president of production, and will report to Lindsay Doran, UA prexy.

Kleeman will continue to develop and package new films, as well as to supervise all facets of production, from acquisition through principal photography.

“Jeff is an accomplished professional with remarkable creative instincts,” said Doran. “The breadth of his talents were clearly evidenced in the tremendous success of ‘Goldeneye,’ and I am confident that as ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and other projects are introduced to audiences worldwide, those talents will lead to even greater success for the studio.”

Kleeman’s promotion comes as UA is poised to release “Tomorrow Never Dies,” MGM/UA’s most important film project of the year. Pic is the 18th installment of the box office powerhouse Bond movies. Other projects under Kleeman’s watch include Civil War tale “Cold Mountain,” which is being adapted and directed by Anthony Minghella; “Rollerball,” a remake of the 1975 film of the same title; “Supernova”; “Basic Instinct 2”; and the revival of the “Pink Panther” series.

Joining UA in 1993 as veepee of production, Kleeman rose to senior VP two years later. He has overseen such projects as “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Lord of Illusions” and “Hackers.”

Prior to his service at UA, Kleeman served as vice president of production for Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, and was associate producer on “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”

From 1987 to 1991, Kleeman worked as exec assistant to the president of production and subsequently as exec director of production.

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