LOS ANGELES (June 2, 2009) __ Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley have been named presidents of Fox Searchlight Pictures, it was announced today by Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos. Gilula and Utley were Searchlight’s chief operating officers. Under their new multi-year deal, they will report directly to Gianopulos and Rothman. Utley and Gilula, with president of production Claudia Lewis, will manage all aspects of the company, including production, acquisitions, marketing and distribution. Their promotion will fill the vacancy left by Peter Rice, who joined Fox Broadcasting Company as chairman of entertainment in March 2009.
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