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Beacon draws Newman into sr. veep role

Exec to o'see development

Eric Newman has joined Beacon Communications as senior VP of development and production, effective immediately.

In his new position, Newman will report to Beacon chairman Armyan Bernstein and prexy Marc Abraham.

“I don’t think I could have designed a better situation for myself,” Newman commented. “I can say with great certainty that I could not have found better people to work for.”

“We took our time, we talked to lots of terrific people, and in the end we decided on Eric,” Abraham said. “He comes here after working with some of the best filmmakers in town, and we’re lucky to have him.”

Among some of the projects Newman will be shoring up are “Seven Men From Now,” which is on the front burner with Arnold Schwarzenegger attached, and “Spy Game,” which sports a Robert Redford connection.Projects further along for Beacon include the just-wrapped teen comedy “Cheer Fever,” starring Kirsten Dunst. Helmer Payton Reed, who previously helmed several episodes of “Mr. Show” for HBO and “Upright Citizens” for Comedy Central, directed “Cheer,” which Universal is set to distribute.

Also in the pipeline are the upcoming supernatural thriller “End of Days,” starring Schwarzenegger.

Newman recently did a brief stint with Warners-based producer Bill Gerber, where he worked in a creative capacity. He previously held a similar position with Disney producer Tom Jacobson.