Kleeman returns to UA in exec vp role

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Jeff Kleeman has been named executive vp production at United Artists, where he will report to president of production Don Granger.

The appointment marks a return to the company for Kleeman, who first joined UA as vp production in 1993 and subsequently held the posts of senior vp production and exec vp production.

During his earlier tenure at UA, he worked on the James Bond films "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World Is Not Enough." He also put such franchise projects into development as "The Pink Panther," starring Steve Martin, and "The Thomas Crown Affair," starring Pierce Brosnan.

More recently, Kleeman has worked in television production.

Kleeman began his career in 1987 at Paramount, where he worked in various production capacities on such films as "The Hunt for Red October," "Internal Affairs," "Shirley Valentine," and "Star Trek 6."

A graduate of Yale University, Kleeman also serves as a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Peter Stark Producing Program. He has also spent several years chairing Film Independent's Spirit Awards nominating committee.
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