Michael Roban (pictured) has joined Los Angeles-based StoneVillage Pictures as head of business affairs and chief operating officer.

Roban will oversee production financing and all business and legalaffairs for the company, as well as heading up all business affairs for thecompany's literary management arm Intellectual Property Group.

Reporting to Stone Village chiefs Scott Steindorff and AndrewMolasky, Roban will play a key role in setting up Stone Village's entry intoindependent financing and production.

He formerly served as executive vice president of business affairsand operations at Participant Productions, and before that as head of businessaffairs and acquisitions at Content Film.