Michael Andreen Joins Fox International Productions as Senior VP (Exclusive)

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The veteran studio executive will help steer local productions in key foreign markets, including China, where he's spent the last year working for a new Hollywood-China venture.

Michael Andreen is joining Fox International Productions as senior vp production with the aim of serving as president Sanford Panitch's No. 2 in coordinating the division's local efforts in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

The veteran studio executive has honed his international expertise working for Disney and, over the last year, working for LeVision Pictures, a Chinese company looking to make Hollywood co-productions. He also did a stint at Narratology providing consulting services to Chinese media companies and funds. His knowledge of China is particularly valuable, considering FIP's co-production efforts there, including a Chinese-language remake of Bride Wars, which is currently shooting.

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In only six years, FIP has become a prolific supplier of local-language movies in a dozen foreign markets — including China, India, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain — and has just crossed $750 million in box office. Highlights include the Chinese-language film Hot Summer Days, which grossed $20 million in China. FIP was the brainchild of 20th Century Fox film chairman Jim Gianopulos and Panitch.

"We've evolved and need someone of Michael's caliber," said Panitch. "His unique and extensive experience as a producer and executive in international production will be invaluable to our continuing expansion and strategic goals going forward in one of the most dynamic areas of our business."

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Andreen's arrival at the Fox lot on Aug. 1 marks a homecoming, since he's done two previous tours of duty at the studio, including working as a production executive on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and The Day After Tomorrow, among other titles. Other gigs include Warner Independent Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

"Jim and Sanford have built the best international production unit in our business," Andreen said. "It's a privilege, and a great pleasure, to join the team and build on that success."