New Regency taps Eric Roth

Joins as executive vp of business affairs

With its eye to expanding and enhancing its motion picture division, New Regency has tapped Eric Roth as executive vp of business affairs.

Roth joins Regency from the Weinstein Co. where he was executive vp, co-head of business and legal affairs since the indie's formation in October 2005.

In his new position, Roth will head up business affairs while Regency's executive vp Bill Weiner will remain aboard concentrating solely on legal affairs.

The hiring of Roth is the latest in Regency's push to grow its production efforts. Earlier this month, Regency hired former Paramount Vantage exec Amy Israel as executive vp of production. Chairs Robert Harper and Hutch Parker have also opened up a New York office, hiring Michelle Kroes to keep a pulse on the city's literary community for film projects.

Regency looks to return to acquiring high-quality material and filmmaker deals, as it did in its heyday with "L.A. Confidential" and "JFK."

Harper and Parker said while they are evaluating their current projects in development, the emphasis will be on acquiring books and scripts that fit the indie studio's mandate.

Roth's experience at TWC, and earlier at Miramax as senior vp of business & legal affairs, included handling a broad range of transactions, including co-financing and co-distribution deals; film financing funds and literary and other intellectual property acquisitions.

He began his relationship with Miramax as outside counsel while at the law firm O'Melveny & Myers.