Cale Boyter has been named executive vice president, production, at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), marking the first hire in the worldwide motion picture group by its new chair Mary Parent who joined the company a week ago.

Boyter arrives at MGM from New Line Cinema where he has spent ten years, most recently as executive vice president of development. During his tenure at New Line, he executive produced films including Elf, Wedding Crashers and A History Of Violence.

The appointment also marks the first new position for a senior New Line executive in the wake of the dramatic downsizing of that company by Time Warner.

Parent has been charged with aggressively building MGM's development and production capability in line with other major studios.

'I've watched Cale from a far for some time now,' she said in a statement. 'His taste, passion and strong point of view as well as his ability to recognize real talent and good movie ideas has consistently impressed me. Many people, including myself, have tried to hire Cale in the past, but the timing has never worked out. I couldn't be more thrilled the timing is working out now and Cale's able to be a part of this incredibly exciting studio.'

Boyter started in the business at talent agency Paradigm before joining New Line in 1998 as an executive assistant and working his way up.