Longtime 20th Century Fox executive Tom Sherak, one of the handful of top Hollywood executives who has worked for the same studio for any length of time, has agreed to stay put for six more years with a bigger title and a few more duties.
Sherak, a 13-year Fox veteran, was named chairman of 20th Domestic Film Group, a newly formed division, in a promotion that was widely expected.
Sherak's duties, however, will remain largely the same, overseeing movie distribution as well as post-production and special projects. Fox said Sherak's promotion reflects his further "transition from line executive duties to a more senior corporate function."
Sherak continues to be Fox's point person with a variety of directors and producers, including George Lucas. That relationship is a critical one now because Fox, which released Lucas' lucrative "Star Wars" trilogy in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is re-releasing the films this week, is jockeying to land the next installments that Lucas is currently planning.