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.