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Davidson joins Hurd

Exec to work on co.'s existing slate, acquisitions

Jeff Davidson has been appointed senior VP of Gale Anne Hurd’s production shingle, Valhalla Motion Pictures.

In his new post, Davidson will work closely with Hurd and prexy Barbara Boyle on the company’s existing slate as well as acquire additional projects.

He joins the company from Panoptic Pictures, an independent production and management company where he was a partner. Initially an advertising agency producer at Lintas: New York, Davidson co-produced Mark Waters’ “The House of Yes,” which was well received at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

He then produced “Little City” for Miramax and director Roberto Benabib and “Just One Night” for director Alan Jacobs. He also produced Adam Shankman’s short film “Cosmos’ Tale.”

“I’m thrilled to be working for a prolific producer with taste as exquisite as Gale’s,” said Davidson. “She has made everything from huge tentpole films to classic indie fare. I am excited to work with her on movies both large and small.”

Valhalla produced “Clockstoppers,” in release from Paramount Pictures. Hurd is in production on “Hulk” for Universal with Ang Lee directing, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot, Nick Nolte and Josh Lucas.

Hurd has also produced such box office hits as “Armageddon,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Aliens” and “The Terminator.”