Working Title has restructured its creative executive team. Natascha Wharton,head of low-budget arm WT2, will take over the development departments of bothWorking Title Films and WT2.
Meanwhile, DebraHayward, head of film, is to leave her current post, but will continue to workwith Working Title as exec-producer on selected projects.
"Debra has a young family which is a large one and wants to spend moretime with them," Working Title boss Tim Bevan told Screen Daily.
"This enables herto work in a bespoke way on projects she really wants to rather than have torun a whole department."
The company, Bevan said, will shortly be making new hirings at WT2 and WorkingTitle.
Currently in pre-production at Working Title is political thriller Hot Stuff, tobe directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke.
Also in advanceddevelopment are low-budget thriller Middle of Nowhere (for WT2), and(likewise for WT2) Paul Weiland's autobiographical film about how the 1966England World Cup triumph co-incided with his bar mitzvah.
Bevan acknowledged that it is now "very difficult" to get films madein the UK.
"That's not to do with any tax legislation or Government oranything like that. It's to do with an economic fact which is that the exchangerate between ourselves and the US dollar is very unfavourable to shooting here.
Consequently, when we make movies, we have to look for other places to makethem," Bevan said.
"We're quite happy to go off and make filmselsewhere, but if you're specifically British and have specifically Britishfilms which have to be shot here, it's a problem at the moment."