huggBREAKING: Longtime Imagine Entertainment executive Erica Huggins has been promoted to president of the production company by chairman and co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and co-chairman Michael Rosenberg. This comes while Huggins is producing Get On Up, the James Brown biopic at Universal that stars Chadwick Boseman with Tate Taylor directing, and she is ImagineEntertainmentexec producing the Howard-directed The Heart Of The Sea at Warner Bros with Chris Hemsworth leading the cast. Kim Roth becomes sole president of production.

Huggins joined Imagine in 2004 as SVP of Motion Pictures. Two years later she became EVP and in 2010 became co-president of production. Over that time she has worked on such films as J. Edgar, Restless, Rush, and Flightplan, among others, as well as the Howard-directed music docu Made In America and Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3-D. She also works with Jason Katims on the NBC series Parenthood and has been a key part of the company’s attempt to become more entrepreneurial and adaptable in the digital age.

“For nearly 10 years Erica has proven to have true talent as a filmmaker,” said Grazer. “She has been a valued part of the Imagine team in helping design film strategy for our future. Her unique sensibility and tenacity with writers, directors and studio executives has served Imagine well.”

Said Howard, “Working closely with Erica over the years I can attest to her impeccable taste, her love of books, and her unique ability to work closely with talent. She never gives up on something she believes in.”

Said Rosenberg: “Erica’s credits speak to her love of both film and television but most of all she believes in the power of great taste and has continued to make that the driving force of Imagine’s development slate. She is a natural leader and wonderful choice to continue to keep imagine relevant.”

Before coming to Imagine she worked as an EVP at Interscope and Radar Pictures. At Interscope, Huggins produced What Dreams May Come. She also produced Boys, and Gridlock’d, starring Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth. While at Radar, her credits included Le Divorce and How To Deal. Prior, she was a film editor on titles including the John Waters films Hairspray, Crybaby and Serial Mom, and Michael Cimino’s The Sicilian and Desperate Hours.