Greg Silverman upped at Warner Bros.

Begins newly created exec vp position Jan. 1

Greg Silverman has been named to the newly created position of executive vp creative development and production at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, to whom Silverman will report, announced the promotion Monday.

In his new position, which he'll begin on Jan. 1, Silverman will oversee Warners' development activities and budget.

In effect, he'll be Robinov's second-in-command, replacing Kevin McCormick, who resigned as president of production in October to segue into a producing deal.

Silverman had been serving as exec vp production, where he shepherded such hits as "300," "The Dark Knight" and "The Hangover." He is overseeing such upcoming films as "Jonah Hex," "Inception," "Sucker Punch" and "Green Lantern."

"As his track record clearly indicates, Greg has an uncanny ability to tap into cultural trends as well as his extensive relationships in the creative community to deliver what audiences want," Robinov said. "He has a deep understanding of the development process, and I am very pleased that he will expand his role and focus while continuing to bring his superb taste and many talents to our efforts."

Silverman joined Warners in 1999 as a junior production executive. He left to join Revolution Studios as senior vp production, returning to Warners in 2002 as vp production. He was promoted to senior vp production in 2004 and then to exec vp production in 2006.