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Spyglass’ focus on Chernov as sr. VP

Position reteams him with Birnbaum

Jeffrey Chernov has been appointed senior VP of production at Spyglass Entertainment where he will report directly to Spyglass’ co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.

Chernov has segued from his role as an independent line producer, having worked on such films as “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Sleeping With the Enemy,” “The Replacements” and “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.” He was formerly VP of physical production for Touchstone/Hollywood Pictures from 1987-’89.

The job at Spyglass reteams him with Birnbaum, whom he previously worked with at Caravan Pictures on a number of films including “First Kid.”

Chernov’s other credits include “Bad Company,” “Eddie Murphy Raw,” “Pretty Woman” and “Dead Poets Society.”

Most recently, Chernov line produced “The Country Bears” for Walt Disney studios, slated for a 2002 release.

“Jeffrey is one of the most thoughtful and diligent executives in the business,” Barber and Birnbaum said in a statement.

“Through our long association with him we, we can always rely on Jeffrey to make decisions that are in the best interests of the film. We are excited to have him on our team at Spyglass,” Barber and Birnbaum said.

Spyglass’ slate includes “Shanghai Knights,” the sequel to its hit “Shanghai Noon,” with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson reprising their roles for director David Dobkin; “Reign of Fire,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale; “The Count of Monte Cristo,” starring Guy Pearce and Jim Caviezel; and “Out Cold,” directed by the Malloy brothers.

Spyglass also recently clinched a deal with helmer F. Gary Gray to helm its comicbook property “Mage.” It is also co-financing “Dragonfly,” helmed by Tom Shadyac and starring Kevin Costner, as well as Paramount’s “Abandon,” directed by Steven Gaghan and starring Katie Holmes.

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