Ray StracheRay Strache and EVP Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford will now serve as co-heads of Fox Searchlight’s acquisitions department with today’s promotion, charged with overseeing all aspects of Searchlight’s acquisitions agenda and seeking out distribution opportunities worldwide. They also will work with the production team in IDing projects for in-house development and production.

Both will continue to report to Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley.

Strache, who started as an assistant to Tom Rothman, most recently was VP Acquisitions and Co-Productions, helping shepherd such titles as Napoleon Dynamite, Garden State, Little Miss Sunshine, Crazy Heart, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, The Sessions and The Way Way Back.