Claudia Lewis Stepping Down as Fox Searchlight Production President

Claudia Lewis is stepping down on as president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures on May 23, following a decade in the post — a tenure that’s covered “Birdman,” “Black Swan” and “Wild.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula made the announcement Tuesday. The announcement did not disclose her plans for what she will do after she leaves.

“We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film,” said Utley and Gilula in the announcement. “Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success including films such as ‘Birdman,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Juno’ and the company’s first ever Best Picture nominee ‘The Full Monty.’ Claudia’s keen insight and creativity will surely be missed.  We wish her all the success in the world in the next phase of her career.”

“I’m now excited to make a change, and to challenge myself and my creative instincts with a new chapter in my career,” said Lewis.

Lewis has been an executive at Fox Searchlight since the specialty arm launched in 1995. Her most recent productions include Marc Webb’s “Gifted,” Craig Johnson’s “Wilson” and “Absolutely Fabulous: the Movie.” She is in pre-production on Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, the current exec VPs of production, will serve as acting department heads and assume responsibilities for Fox Searchlight’s slate of films as well as all aspects of production for the company.

Lewis has overseen the production of more than 50 films including “The Descendants,” “500 Days of Summer,” “127 Hours” and “The Last King of Scotland.”

Prior to joining Fox Searchlight, she was a producer with Addis Wechsler and was production president at Avenue Pictures, where she oversaw production of “The Player” and “Drugstore Cowboy.”

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