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Endgame taps prod’n prez

Former Par exec Japhet hired by shingle

Former Paramount exec Wendy Japhet has been hired as Endgame Entertainment’s president of production.

Endgame CEO James D. Stern said the move is part of the shingle’s expansion of its production arm. It recently closed a new round of fundraising for film production and development that brought its equity to over $100 million.

Japhet will oversee Todd Haynes’ feature “I’m Not There,” which recently began shooting in Montreal. Pic’s produced by Stern, Christine Vachon and Jeff Rosen, and stars Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and Christian Bale.

While a senior VP at Par, Japhet oversaw MTV Films’ “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” She was a producer with De Line Pictures and exec produced “The Italian Job” and “Without a Paddle.”

Since its inception in 2003, Endgame has co-financed more than 20 features, including “Hotel Rwanda,” “White Noise,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and the upcoming “Stay Alive,” “Lies & Alibis” and “Solstice.”

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