Fox Searchlight Pictures hasappointed Laurel Bernard as senior vice president of media and promotions,reporting directly to Searchlight's chief operating officers Nancy Itley andSteve Gilula.

Bernard (pictured) comesfrom Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC) where she was vice president of nationalmedia, working on media campaigns for shows like American Idol, 24, PrisonBreak, The OC and House.

Prior to FBC, she was vicepresident of media at 20th Century Fox where she oversaw the mediastrategies for home entertainment releases of Cast Away, Fight Club, Ice Age and X-Men 2.
She began her career at Fox in 1989 and went on to work on films including MoulinRouge and X-Men.