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Boyarsky swinging to Simian

Former Face Prods. exec to serve as Sr. VP

HOLLYWOOD — Lynne Boyarsky has joined Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant’s Simian Films as senior VP to develop and produce film, TV and cable projects.

Simian, which is based at Castle Rock Entertainment and recently inked a second-look deal with Intermedia, plans to expand its ventures and produce more films, including those in which Grant and Hurley would not take an acting role.

Boyarsky most recently was VP of production at Billy Crystal’s Face Prods., also based at Castle Rock. There she developed “Analyze This,” which starred Crystal and Robert De Niro and was directed by Harold Ramis.

Boyarsky also served as VP development at Robert Redford’s Wildwood Prods., where she developed the Redford-directed “Quiz Show” as well as “Indecent Proposal,” which was helmed by Adrian Lyne.

Simian produced the comedy “Mickey Blue Eyes,” which starred Grant and James Caan, and the thriller “Extreme Measures,” starring Grant and Gene Hackman. Both were produced by Hurley.

The Simian team includes senior VP Lisa Reeve in Los Angeles as well as Karin Smith and Sara Woodhatch, who run the London office with the recently appointed Anne Henry, who covers European literature for the shingle.