Anschutz beefs up Walden

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Anschutz Film Group has announced a slew of promotions and hirings for its Walden Media Group.

In development and production, Jackie Levine has been upped to senior vp production, while Evan Turner was promoted to vp development and production. Both executives continue to report to executive vp production Alex Schwartz.

Douglas Jones, who became head of Anschutz Film Group's physical production department in 2006, also was promoted to executive vp physical production. He oversees new hires Mylan Stepanovich and Kimberly Rach, both vp physical production, and Jonas Thaler, vp postproduction.

Levine, who joined the company in 2004, has overseen production on Bristol Bay's recent release "Amazing Grace" and the upcoming "The Great Buck Howard," "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" and "The Water Horse." Before her current role, Levine was vp of Cobalt Media Group and vp development at Michael Douglas' Further Films.

Turner is a six-year veteran of the company, most recently serving as director of development. He is overseeing production on "The Dark Is Rising" and "Nim's Island."

Jones has overseen production for more than four years, most recently on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Hoot" and "How to Eat Fried Worms." He is readying "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" for production.

Stepanovich has been with Anschutz Film Group since 2006. He previously worked as a freelance production manager and financial controller on such films as "Sin City" and "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D" among others. Rach joined Anschutz Film Group this fall. Prior to joining the company, she was a freelance line producer and production manager.

Thaler has worked in the postproduction film world for more than two decades in a variety of capacities. Before joining Anschutz Film Group, he was postproduction supervisor on "Narnia" and represented New Line Cinema as postproduction supervisor on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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