Production exec Katie Goodson-Thomas joins as director of production and acquisitions.

Production executive Katie Goodson-Thomas has joined UK financier Ingenious as director of production and acquisitions.

Goodson-Thomas has previously worked with Jon Finn, Graham Broadbent, Damian Jones and David Thompson. She was most recently head of film for Chris Coen.

The executive will work closely with Fox Searchlight president of production Claudia Lewis and LA-based director of production, Richard Gold, and she will be tasked with searching the UK for new investment projects.

She will also manage Ingenious and Fox Searchlight’s existing slate of joint development projects, including Shimmy written by Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Miss Austen Regrets, Five Days); I Dreamed A Dream, based on the Susan Boyle biographical stage musical, currently being adapted by Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult, Mo); and Season To Taste, based on the memoir by Molly Birnbaum and currently being adapted by Heather McGowan (Tadpole, Old Fires).

Nik Bower, managing director of the media division at Ingenious Investments, said: “Katie brings a 15-year track record of excellent taste, accomplished production expertise and high-quality relationships throughout the industry.  We are delighted to welcome her to the team and thrilled to be embarking on this new stage of our journey with Fox Searchlight.”

Ingenious has backed features including Avatar, Life of Pi, X-Men: First Class and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as TV series Doc Martin and Foyle’s War. Recent productions include BBC2’s The Fall and feature The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock.