Granger set as UA prod'n head

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Former C/W Prods. executive Don Granger has been named president of production at United Artists.

In his post, he will oversee development and production operations at the recently revived UA, which is co-owned by Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner and MGM. Granger, who has been working with Wagner and Cruise at the storied studio since its rebirth in November, will report to Wagner, UA's CEO.

"What I love about Tom and Paula is their enthusiasm for filmmakers, for stories that they believe will make compelling movies," said Granger, who is overseeing production of the studio's first two films, Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs" and Bryan Singer's "Valkyrie." "Decisions are not being made from a profit/loss ratio perspective."

During his 12-year stint at C/W Prods., he shepherded "War of the Worlds," "Mission: Impossible III," "Elizabethtown" and the upcoming "The Eye." Granger also was a producer on the Paramount Classics film "Ask the Dust."

Wagner lauded Granger for "his great filmmaker relationships, his terrific taste in material and the tremendous intelligence he brings to development and production." She added, "He's been an integral part of our team for many years now, and we are delighted that our association is continuing at UA."

Before C/W Prods., Granger was an executive at Paramount Pictures, where he supervised the "Mission: Impossible," "Star Trek" and "Tomb Raider" franchises.

Granger began his career in the movie business in 1987 as a creative executive at Weintraub Entertainment Group. He also worked for Touchstone Pictures. In 2001, Granger partnered with Gary Levinsohn to create Mutual Film Co., where he executive produced "Timeline" and "Snakes on a Plane." He joined C/W Prods. in 2004.
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