Grey joining Uni as vp prod'n

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Lawrence Grey is finalizing an agreement to join Universal Pictures as vp production.

Grey most recently was vp at Fox Atomic, the youth-skewing film division of 20th Century Fox. He played a key role in the formation of the division and oversaw the upcoming "The Hills Have Eyes 2" and "The Comebacks."

Simultaneously, Grey was a production executive at Fox Searchlight. He joined the company in 2000 as a director of development and then was promoted to vp, a position he retained until February. He worked on such films as "Johnson Family Vacation," "The Hills Have Eyes," Jason Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking" and Timur Bekmambetov's "Night Watch" and "Day Watch." He also oversaw Reitman's "Juno," slated to enter production next month.

"Lawrence's taste and relationships are exceptional," said Donna Langley, president of production at Universal. "He is especially good at understanding the emerging cultural trends that make movies click with young-adult and contemporary audiences. It's a pleasure to welcome Lawrence to our team."

Said Fox Searchlight president Peter Rice: "Lawrence has been a member of the Fox family for six years and has played an integral part in the building of Fox Atomic. We are sad to see him go but wish him the best of luck with all that lies ahead."

Before joining Fox, Grey was vp at Zucker-Netter Prods. from 1999-2001 where he worked on "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Phone Booth." He began his career as an intern to Scott Rudin.
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