Producer Georgia Kacandeshas joined John Lesher's new-look Paramount specialty division as executivevice president of physical production.

Kacandes, who is currentlyserving as executive producer on New Line's Jack Black comedy Tenacious D InThe Pick Of Destiny, will overseeall aspects physical production and report directly to Lesher.

"I have known Georgiafor many years and her experience, reputation and stature in the business madeher truly the ideal candidate for us to help create the kind of company thatcan work with both newer talent as well as more established filmmakers,"Lesher said.

Kacandes recently produced Syriana and her other credits include Blow, Girl, Interrupted and John Grisham's The Rainmaker.

She started out as a unitproduction manager and production coordinator and worked with such directors asJohn Sayles, Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese.