Robert Harper is leaving his position as vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment to head the studio's most important outside supplier of movies and television programming, Regency Filmed Entertainment.
As the top executive at Regency, Harper will oversee New Regency Productions, its feature film division, as well as Regency Television. New Regency produced such hits as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The TV unit was behind "Malcolm in the Middle."
News Corp., the parent company of Fox Filmed Entertainment, owns a 20% stake in Regency, which is controlled by founder Arnon Milchan. Harper succeeds Regency's former CEO David Matalon, who left this month and now has a production deal on the Fox lot.
"While we will miss Bob's daily counsel and guidance, we're fortunate that we will continue working closely with him in his new role at Regency," Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman said in a statement.