MGM has tapped Fox 2000 exec production veep Alex Gartner to take on the same role at the Lion.

Gartner helped form Fox 2000 in 1995. Since then, he has overseen films such as “The Thin Red Line,” “Volcano,” “Brokedown Palace” and “Courage Under Fire.”

The move fills a gap left by last week’s departure of exec production veep Jeff Kleeman, who’ll remain a consultant for the studio. Gartner plans to start working at MGM in a week or two.

He is brimming with optimism about the future of the beleaguered studio.

“Nobody can predict the future, but the guys there have real ambitions to get back into the business in a big way,” Gartner said. “It’s a studio with a great history. That gives it a big head start.”

MGM prexy Michael Nathanson called Gartner’s “diverse background” an “ideal complement to our team.”

Prior to Fox 2000, Gartner was a production veep for City Light Films, a production company headed by Martin Brest, director of “Scent of a Woman.”

He also exec produced Paramount’s “Indecent Proposal” and held positions at Cinetude Film Prods. and Satori Entertainment.