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El Norte names Caamano sr. veep, prod’n

Exec to o'see company's pix

Darlene Caamano has been named senior VP of production for Gregory Nava’s New Line-based El Norte Prods.

At El Norte, Caamano will oversee the company’s slate, including “Bordertown,” from a screenplay that Nava is writing for Jennifer Lopez; “New Mexico,” written by Mark and Mike Polish (“Twin Falls, Idaho”); “Running With the Sun,” penned and to be helmed by Laura Simon; and “Taco Truck: The Movie,” a comedy by Lalo Lopez and Esteban Xul.

“Darlene has a wonderful sense of story, and she is also terrific with talent,” said Nava. “El Norte is changing and expanding. We’re getting involved with music and television. With all the experience Darlene has, I feel she is the perfect person to oversee El Norte Prods. into the future.”

Prior to joining El Norte Prods., Caamano was the production-development exec for DreamWorks-based shingle Patchwork Prods., run by Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer.

During her tenure with that company, she and scribe Jan Eliasberg developed “Mi Corazon,” which is set up at New Line and will star Lopez. (Patchwork and Handprint Entertainment are aboard as producers on the project).

Prior to working at Patchwork Prods., Caamano was an exec assistant-story editor at Trimark Pictures, where she worked on such films as “Eve’s Bayou” and “Stand Off” and helped develop the as-yet-unproduced “The Frida Khalo Project,” a vehicle for Salma Hayek.

El Norte’s pilot for CBS, “American Family,” was recently turned down by the Eye web.

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