Valhalla taps two

Japhet joins as president; Teixeira hired as creative exec

Wendy Japhet has joined Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures as president. Anne Teixeira is joining the production company as a creative executive.

Reporting to Hurd, Japhet, who most recently served as Endgame Entertainment's president of production and development, will oversee acquisitions, development and production of Valhalla's projects.

Japhet served as exec producer on Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There"; "The Brothers Bloom," starring Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody; and the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics release "An Education."

Before that, she was Paramount senior vp, production, supervising "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," and also ran production and development for De Line Pictures, serving as exec producer on "Without a Paddle" and "The Italian Job."

Teixeira also worked as a production exec at Endgame. Prior to that, she worked at Paramount and at Nickelodeon Television in production and development.

Reporting to Japhet, Teixeira will work with creative exec Ben Roberts and story editor Kris Henigman.

Valhalla's recent features include "The Incredible Hulk" and "Punisher: War Zone." Hurd is exec producing the upcoming "The Wronged Man" for Lifetime and Sony Pictures TV, and developed at Valhalla.
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