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Hacken exec VP at Fox 2000

Promotion comes after contract option is picked up

HOLLYWOOD — Carla Hacken had been upped to executive vice president for Fox 2000, the Fox Filmed Entertainment division announced Tuesday.

The promotion comes after Fox 2000 picked up an option on Hacken’s original two-year contract, which began in January 1997.

Hacken joined Fox 2000 from ICM, where she had served as talent agent for nine years. Since joining Fox 2000, Hacken has worked on such productions as “Ravenous,” and the fall release “Anywhere But Here,” which stars Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman.

Among the projects she is overseeing for the label are “The Virgin Mary,” with Jennifer Aniston attached to star and produce; the Merrill Markoe-scripted “Me and My Boy,” to be directed by Nora Ephron; “Shockproof Sydney Skate,” written by W.D. Richter and to be directed by Michael Hoffman; “The Flying Dutchman,” with Julie Taymor attached to direct; “Noel,” with Antonia Bird attached to direct and Howard Rosenman producing; and “WASPS,” to which Cameron Diaz attached to star.

“Carla has been a terrific asset to the Fox 2000 team,” said Fox 2000 topper Laura Ziskin in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing and enhancing our productive working relationship.”

Hacken joins Alex Gartner as the most senior execs under Ziskin, who has yet to replace former exec VP Kevin McCormick. Ziskin did not return calls.