Indian Paintbrush President Mark Roybal in Talks to Move to Fox

Issue 53 - The Most Feared Man in Town: Mark Roybal
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Roybal would fill the post recently vacated by Peter Kang, who moved to Paramount.

Mark Roybal is leaving his post of president of production at Indian Paintbrush and is in talks to move to Fox as executive vp production.

Roybal is currently under contract at Indian Paintbrush and was given permission for the move by Paintbrush owner Steven Rales, with whom he has a close relationship, according to sources.

It is unclear what stages the negotiations are in or if they will be successful. Insiders say that if they fail, Roybal would stay on at Indian Paintbrush.

Indian Paintbrush is known to be a haven to filmmakers. The company, for example, has close ties to Wes Anderson, producing The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. It's also behind Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The company also finances the development slates of the shingles of Jason Reitman and Jeremy Renner, among others.
At Fox, Roybal would take the place of Peter Kang, the exec who recently left the studio and segued to Paramount last week.

Roybal's strong relationship with filmmakers is one of the reasons Fox wants him. Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos is aware that his studio is not seen as filmmaker-friendly and is attempting to change that.