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Regency boosts Francis

New role is sr. veep of prod'n

Fox-based New Regency Enterprises has promoted Kara Francis to senior veep of production.

Francis continues to report to Sanford Panitch, New Regency’s prexy of production, joining Peter Cramer, also a senior veep.

Francis worked on last year’s “Big Momma’s House,” which New Regency co-financed with Fox. More recently, she oversaw Joel Schumacher’s drama “Tigerland” and John Dahl’s upcoming thriller “Joy Ride,” starring Steve Zahn, Leelee Sobieski and Paul Walker.

Francis will supervise such pics as the Angelina Jolie/Edward Burns starrer “Life or Something Like It,” which begins production in April, with Stephen Herek directing. She also is overseeing development on “Meet John Trow,” which Mark Andrus is writing; the Ron Bass-penned “Headhunters,” which Regency Enterprises is developing with Fox 2000; “Bite,” scripted by Mark Rosner; and “First Daughter,” by Julia Dahl. She is the creative exec on the Fox 2000/Regency co-production “Joe Somebody,” to be directed by John Pasquin.

Francis began her career at the Donner Co. She joined New Regency in 1994 as an assistant.

“Kara is an electric talent with original taste who has excelled in the development and production of many of our key projects,” Panitch said. “Her knack for discovering up-and-coming talent is unparalleled.”

Founded in 1991, New Regency Prods. is a unit of Monarchy/Regency Enterprises. Company has produced 50 feature films, including “Entrapment,” “Heat,” “Free Willy,” “City of Angels,” “Fight Club” and Oscar winner “L.A. Confidential.”

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