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Paxton moved by Spirit

Exec joins Whitaker outfit as prod'n veep

Tajamika Paxton has joined Forest Whitaker’s Spirit Dance Entertainment as vice president of production.

Paxton, who will be responsible for overseeing development and production for the Propaganda Films-based indie, arrives from MTV Films, where she was creative executive.

In March, Whitaker inked a three- year deal for Spirit Dance with Propaganda, which is owned by Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

The deal calls for the helmer of “Waiting to Exhale” and “Hope Floats” to direct one of his next three pics for Propaganda and Polygram.

Spirit Dance also has a TV development deal with Columbia TriStar Television. Its music division, Spirit Dance Music, is backed by Sony Music’s 500/Epic label.

“Taj’s entrance into Spirit Dance has put a new dynamic vision into the company,” Whitaker said. “Her strength and clarity in finding great material will allow us to move even deeper into finding projects about the human experience and spirit.”

At MTV, Paxton supervised production of “The Wood,” starring Taye Diggs, Omar Epps and Richard T. Jones. She also worked on the Viacom-owned unit’s upcoming pics “Election,” “Varsity Blues” and “200 Cigarettes.”

Whitaker’s acting credits include “The Crying Game,” “Bird,” “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Blown Away.”

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