Lava Bear Films has promoted Jennifer Semler to vice-president of production and Allison Warren to creative executive.
President Tory Metzger, to whom the pair report, made the announcement (10).
Semler joined the company at its inception and recently completed work on recent Cannes premiere The Rover (pictured) and is currently working on of Jason Zada’s The Forest.
She will oversee the line producers as well as post-production aspects of the slate. She will liaise with the production divisions of Lava Bear’s partners and sales company partners. She most recently served as director of production.
In her new role, Warren, will source projects and work with Metzger and Lava Bear founder David Linde to expand the development and production slate.
She most recently served as Linde’s assistant, joining Lava Bear from Fox 2000.
“We are very proud of the great work both Jennifer and Allison have contributed to Lava Bear’s evolution and proud of their promotions,” said Metzger. “In their new roles they will be integral in furthering the growth of our development slate.”
Lava Bear also premiered Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home in Cannes, which like The Rover played out of competition, and along with FilmNation is financing Story Of Your Life, the hit of the Cannes market. 21 Laps also produces the Amy Adams sci-fi.
Lava Bear’s Jonas Cuaron and Alfonso Cuaron reunion project Forsaken was presented to buyers on the Croisette, where IM Global handled sales.