Ray Strache Promoted at Fox Searchlight

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Ray Strache

He will join Tony Safford in overseeing the specialty film division's acquisitions

Ray Strache has been promoted to senior vp acquisitions and co-productions at Fox Searchlight, effective immediately, the company’s presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced Monday. Strache and executive vp worldwide acquisitions Tony Safford will serve as co-heads and jointly run the acquisitions department for the division.

Strache and Safford, who will continue to report to Utley and Gilula, will oversee all aspects of Searchlight’s acquisitions and also work closely with the studio’s production team in identifying projects for in-house development and production.

Strache, formerly vp acquisitions and co-productions, joined Fox after receiving a finance degree from the University of Denver and a subsequent J.D. from the USC Law Center. His first position at the studio was as an assistant to then-Fox chairman Tom Rothman. He was later promoted to acquisitions manager and then to vp. During his tenure at Searchlight, he has been involved with such movies as Napoleon Dynamite, Golden State, Little Miss Sunshine, Crazy Heart, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Sessions and The Way, Way Back.

Utley and Gilula said in a statement, “Ray’s tremendous achievements on both the acquisitions and productions front make him an indispensable part of the Searchlight family. Ray has consistently raised the bar on the quality of movies we have acquired and we are thrilled to promote him.”

Added Safford, “Ray has great contacts and an uncanny gift for finding great films with his forward-thinking vision. We look forward to his continued contribution of expertise, hard work and dedication.”