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Protagonist adds head of sales, Us presence

28 August 2014 5:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a Us presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.

Vaisman joins as head of production and acquisitions, Us.

As part of the shuffle, Dave Bishop has moved from his existing sales position to the newly created role of head of worldwide acquisitions; Emily Gotto has been promoted to acquisitions executive; George Hamilton to sales coordinator; and Hashim Alsaraf has been hired as deliveries manager.

Saal comes to Protagonist from Studiocanal’s Paris base where she was svp, international sales, handling territories including the Us and Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, Latin America and Spain.

She joined Studiocanal in 2010 as vp, international sales, and while at the company worked on the sale of films such as The Gunman, Non-Stop and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. She previously worked at Kinology when the company started operations in 2008 and »

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Protagonist Makes Key Hires; Kickstarts U.S. Production/Acquisition Activities

28 August 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and ’71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions’ Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He’ll look to strengthen Protagonist’s Stateside profile and build up its finance and production activities. Vaisman’s credits include producing In A World…, an exec producing Michael Polish’s Big Sur and the upcoming Ad Inexplorata with Mark Strong. He previously worked at Sony-based Avenue Pictures and in 2004 started out at Kathryn Bigelow’s Paramount-based First Light. In another hire, Vanessa Saal will join the company as head of sales. She’s moving over from Studiocanal where she was Svp of international sales. »

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Drafthouse Films Tunes Into Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’

13 January 2014 10:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has acquired U.S. rights to Studiocanal-repped “Mood Indigo,” the fantasy-filled surreal romantic tale helmed by Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”).

Adapted from Boris Vian’s novel “L’Ecume des Jours,” the Paris-set romance turns on two newlyweds, Chloe (Audrey Tautou, “Amelie”) and Colin (Romain Duris, “The Beat My Heart Skipped”), whose courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe — a flower begins to grow in her lungs.

“Not since ‘Amelie’ have we seen Audrey Tautou so undeniably whimsical and charming,” said Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. “Her storybook romance with co-star Romain Duris is set perfectly within a quirky, visually-stunning fantasyland that only Michel Gondry could imagine.”

Pic was produced by Luc Bossi of Brio Films. The attractive French cast includes Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), Aissa Maiga (“Cache”) and Gad Elmaleh (“The Capital »

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Drafthouse Films Will Release Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Starring Audrey Tautou

13 January 2014 9:24 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Drafthouse Films has acquired Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" for a stateside release. The film, starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Omar Sy, has no release date set as of yet. It world premiered at the Karovly Vary Film Festival last year and received its Us debut at Fantastic Fest in September."Not since 'Amelie' have we seen Audrey Tautou so undeniably whimsical and charming," said Drafthouse Films founder TimLeague, "and her storybook romance with co-star Romain Duris is set perfectly within a quirky, visually-stunning fantasyland that only Michel Gondry could imagine."   The deal was negotiated by James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Vanessa Saal Senior VP international sales at Studiocanal. Watch a trailer for the film below: »

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