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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Promotes Lisa Ellzey to President of U.S. Operations

In a sign of expansion of U.S. operations, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has promoted Liza Ellzey to the president of its EuopaCorp USA.

The move comes a month after EuropaCorp announced it had secured $600 million of financing with plans to spend most of it on English-language projects. EuropaCorp generated a solid hit with Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” through Universal with $440 million worldwide, and launched a joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media.

Their first Red release will be “The Transporter Legacy,” set for a June 19 opening.

EuropaCorp has also tapped Daniel Barber (“Harry Brown”) to direct the thriller “Underground.”

Ellzey came on board EuropaCorp USA in March, 2013, as a senior VP.

She had been exec VP of production at Lionsgate and Twentieth Century Fox. Before that, she was prexy of Scott Free Entertainment.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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