Independent casting director Ronna Kress has been appointed EVP Casting for 20th Century Fox Film, where she will be tasked with overseeing feature casting for 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Animation, Fox International Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures. She will report to president of production Emma Watts.

Kress’ credits include the recent Fox pics Deadpool and The Fault In Our Stars in addition to Mad Max: Fury Road, The Great Gatsby, The Blind Side, Moulin Rouge as well as the first films in the Fast And Furious and Pirates Of The Caribbean franchises.

“We have worked with Ronna many times over the years and are excited to officially bring her into the Fox family,” Watts said. “She has a truly unique ability to identify talent and is a real actor’s champion.”

Kress began her career working in extras casting in New York on Woody Allen films. She moved to Los Angeles and worked as the associate for Warner Bros’ Marion Dougherty. She also worked for David Rubin on casting Romeo And Juliet, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.