HOLLYWOOD–Terri Melkonian, who joined Sunset Gower Studios ten months ago as vice-president of sales and marketing, has been promoted to the newly created, expanded position as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Corporate Communications, it was announced by Sunset Gower CEO Robert Papazian. She is now the top ranked woman executive at the studio. “Terri is a top executive and has proven herself to have particular expertise in film, television and commercial productions and is ideally suited to head up this triad of studio departmen’s,” said Papazian. Since arriving at Sunset Gower several months ago, Melkonian has made an immediate impact, bringing a host of new and innovative productions to the lot, including the big budget Fox feature, “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” which will be the first animated film to be produced on the Sunset Gower lot in its legendary 85-year history. “I feel incredibly lucky to be working for Bob Papazian %u213 he is such a great mentor. With his vision, he has taken this studio with its rich filmmaking history from the time it was Columbia Pictures and is building on its great legacy. By attracting an innovative mix of feature as well as television producers and writers to this lot, a haven for filmmakers has been launched. Having established a strong commercial production base, with the studio’s new addition of a luxury cyc stage, it is now drawing numerous photographers and visual effects productions to the studio,” said Melkonian. “All of us at Sunset Gower are extremely proud that the lot has been the home of so many outstanding recent productions, including Garry Marshall’s “Georgia Rule,” starring Jane Fonda and Lindsey Lohan, “The Number 23,” starring Jim Carrey, “The Good German,” starring George Clooney, Robert DeNiro’s “The Good Shepherd,” starring Matt Damon and television series including NBC’s “Heroes,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” HBO’s “Rome” and “Comics Unleashed” among others.” Sunset Gower is currently undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar refurbishing and updating of its 12 studio sound stages, adjacent support rooms, 300,000 square feet of newly decorated executive office suites, a screening room %u213 all part of the studio’s plans to bring 21st century technology to this historic lot. Construction is also underway on a new 96,000 square foot, six-floor state-of-the-art building to house Technicolor post-production facilities, being readied for occupancy in December 2007. Prior to joining Sunset Gower, Melkonian was a nine-year veteran production representative at Universal Studios. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. degree in Business.