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Silverman re-ups as WB production prexy

Exec will continue to oversee development and budget

Greg Silverman has been renewed as president of production at Warner Bros., a move that clarifies succession questions at Hollywood’s most consistently successful studio.

Silverman has quietly held down the post since April, when he stepped into the role that had been vacant for a year and a half after Kevin McCormick segued into a producing deal. In late 2009, Silverman had been upped to the newly created post of exec VP of creative development and production.

Wednesday’s announcement said Silverman will continue to oversee Warner Bros. Pictures’ development and budget while reporting to division president Jeff Robinov.

“Greg has a phenomenal aptitude for fostering filmmaker relationships and discovering new talent around town,” said Robinov. “He demonstrates incredible leadership toward our creative team, and I am so pleased that he will continue to oversee our slate.”

Silverman has been charged with executing the studio’s strategy of focusing on tentpoles and franchises. Warners — which has consistently finished first or second in grosses among the big six Hollywood studios — said Silverman will also be tasked with “seeking new opportunities to diversify and build upon the success the company has consistently achieved.”

Well-liked among producers for being straightforward and responsive, Silverman joined Warner Bros. in 1999 as a junior exec. After a brief stint as SVP of production at Revolution Studios, he returned to Warners in 2002 as production veep, rising through the ranks while shepherding a trio of Warner’s most successful titles “The Dark Knight,” “300,” “The Hangover” and “Inception,” among other films.

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