Shivas shipping out for his own prod'n shingle

CANNES — Mark Shivas, the BBC’s departing head of film, is setting up his own indie production company, but will remain under contract as an exec producer for BBC film projects for 18 months.

Shivas will be discussing possible housekeeping deals for his new shingle at Cannes, and seeking to line up finance for his BBC projects and indie pics.

David Thompson has been confirmed as the BBC’s new head of films and single drama, previously two separate jobs that have now been rolled into one.

The BBC projects that Shivas will continue to supervise include Michael Winterbottom’s “I Want You” and “Kingdom Come,” both co-financed by Polygram, along with “Hideous Kinky” and “Telling Stories.”

On his slate as an indie producer is “The Assumption of the Virgin,” set in 15th century Italy, which he will exec produce with Anthony Minghella, with Minghella’s wife, Carolyn Choa, producing.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more