Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum have been promoted to co-heads of production at Fox Searchlight, it was announced Monday by studio presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley.
Greenfield and Greenbaum will take over the responsibilities formerly held by president of production Claudia Lewis and will be responsible for Fox Searchlight’s annual slate of films, as well as all aspects of production for the company including development, packaging, budgeting, casting and production. All production executives will report to Greenfield and Greenbaum.
“David and Matthew are the best production executives currently working in independent film. Their ability to identify excellence, foster creativity and nurture filmmaker relationships, skills honed as they came up the ranks under former production head Claudia Lewis, will ensure the continued growth and scope of our slate. We are thrilled to be promoting them into these leadership roles,” Utley and Gilula said in a joint statement.
“Searchlight is our family. It is an honor for David and me to lead the production team as we continue to seek out, develop, and make films with the world’s most extraordinary filmmakers,” said Greenfield.
“Matthew and I are thrilled be working together along with the support of our truly talented team. We can’t wait to bring more unique and inspiring films to the world and add to Searchlight’s rich legacy,” added Greenbaum.
Greenfield has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for nine years, shepherding such titles as the Oscar-winning “The Descendants” and “Enough Said.” He’s currently overseeing Roger Michell’s “My Cousin Rachel” starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, and Martin McDonagh‘s “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Before joining Fox Searchlight in 2006, Greenfield was an award-winning independent film producer whose feature credits include “The Good Girl,” “Chuck & Buck” and “Star Maps.”
Greenbaum has been a senior executive at Fox Searchlight for six years, overseeing Oscar-nominated films “Wild” and “Hitchcock.” He’s currently supervising director Craig Johnson’s “Wilson” starring Woody Harrelson, Marc Webb‘s “Gifted” starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ “The Battle of the Sexes” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, and Guillermo Del Toro‘s recently announced film starring Sally Hawkins. Before joining Searchlight in 2010, Greenbaum was a production executive at Miramax Films in New York and London.