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Silver names Andrew Rona prexy

Exec named co-president Dark Castle

Former Rogue Pictures co-president Andrew Rona has been named president of Warner Bros.-based Silver Pictures.

Joel Silver made the announcement Tuesday. The move had been anticipated for the past month, partly due to Universal’s plans to close a deal to sell Rogue and its assets to Relativity by year’s end (Daily Variety, Nov. 16).

Rona will also join Steve Richards as co-president of Silver’s genre arm, Dark Castle Entertainment. He’ll start in both slots after the first of the year.

Rona’s replacing Silver Pictures president Susan Downey, who decided months ago not to renew her contract and end her 10-year run with the company.

During Rona’s tenure, Rogue released “Hot Fuzz,” “Balls of Fury” and “The Strangers.”

Rona, who was co-head of Dimension for four years with current Paramount production prexy Brad Weston, moved three years ago to Rogue, the genre division formed by David Linde and James Schamus when they ran Focus Features.

Silver Pictures is in production on “Sherlock Holmes,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., and in pre-production on “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, with Albert and Allen Hughes directing.

Dark Castle’s upcoming films include “Orphan,” “Whiteout,” “The Factory” and James McTeigue’s “Ninja Assassin,” which Silver’s producing with Andy and Larry Wachowski.

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