June 26, 2006 at 17:48 PM EDT
Two New Senior Vice Presidents of Production at Fox Searchlight Pictures: Matthew Greenfield and Jeremy Steckler

Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced today that Jeremy Steckler and Matthew Greenfield have both been tapped Senior Vice President of Production, reporting to Lewis. Steckler joins the specialty film studio after three and a half years at di Bonaventura Pictures; Greenfield was a producer who previously had two films distributed at Fox Searchlight.

Said Claudia Lewis,"Matthew's stellar reputation in the independent film world, and his experience producing terrifically unique auteur films, make for a perfect fit with Searchlight. Jeremy's development and production skills, especially in the genre arena, bring a fresh new point of view to the company. Both excel at recognizing innovative filmmakers who tell original stories, and we are proud to welcome both to Searchlight."

Added Steckler,"Working at Fox Searchlight is such an exciting opportunity for me. I am very fortunate to be a part of a smart, dynamic group of people who have a distinct eye for quality films."

"Searchlight has always been the company of choice for me as a producer," said Greenfield. "Having had the opportunity to work with them on two of my films, STAR MAPS and THE GOOD GIRL, I am thrilled to join the preeminent team in the business."

In 2002, Steckler was the first hire at di Bonaventura Pictures. There, he was involved with the building of the entire film slate. He was an executive producer on DOOM starring The Rock and Karl Urban and an associate producer on DERAILED starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen. In 1998, Steckler joined Polygram Filmed Entertainment in the Acquisitions Department. A year later, he went to Spyglass Entertainment. Steckler is also a producer on Mikael Hafstrom's upcoming film 1408.

Steckler received his B.A. from Duke University in 1996 and was also a Lord Rothmere Scholar at Oxford University in 1996.

Matthew Greenfield is an award-winning independent film producer whose feature credits include THE MOTEL, THE GOOD GIRL, CHUCK & BUCK and STAR MAPS. His films have garnered 14 Independent Spirit nominations and two Spirit awards, including the Cassavettes Award for Best Low Budget Film which Greenfield shared with Miguel Arteta and Mike White for CHUCK & BUCK. All four of his films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where they were picked up for distribution, two of them (STAR MAPS & THE GOOD GIRL) by Fox Searchlight.

In 2002 Greenfield was named one of "10 Producers to Watch" by Variety. Two years later, in 2004, he was named Associate Director of the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute. There, he worked to find and support the next generation of filmmakers, while continuing to produce through his longstanding collaboration with Miguel Arteta. Greenfield currently serves as a Trustee of Wesleyan University.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both produces and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.

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