Trio to lead Miramax department

CANNES — Agnes Mentre, Amy Israel and Jason Blum have been named as the new triumvirate to head the acquisitions department at Miramax Films after the departure of Trea Hoving.

Hoving, the London-based exec VP of acquisitions and co-production, is leaving in June to take a sabbatical from the film business after eight years with the company.

Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said, “Trea is irreplaceable, but she leaves us with a legacy of individuals she has personally trained to have the best acquisitions taste in the business.”

Hoving said, “In my years with Miramax I’ve been able to put together a team of talented executives, each with their own individual tastes and strengths. This is how we remain on the cutting edge.”

Mentre, who started her Miramax career as Hoving’s assistant, has been upped to exec VP, acquisitions and co-production, with special responsibility for Europe. She remains president of Miramax Zoe.

Israel, another former assistant to Hoving, and Blum have been promoted to senior VP, acquisitions and co-production, focusing on North America and the rest of the world.

All three will continue to be based in New York. In Los Angeles, Jeff Kurz has been promoted to exec VP, acquisitions and production, continuing his focus on the Dimension label. Michael Cole has also been upped to VP, acquisitions and homevideo in L.A.

Miramax’s London office will be strengthened by the transfer of Teresa Moneo, upped to VP, European acquisitions and co-production, overseeing the Euro team. Karen Katz will become director of acquisitions in London.

Matt Brodlie has been promoted to director of acquisitions in L.A., while Robert Kessel remains in that role in New York and Victoria Treole remains acquisitions consultant for Australia and New Zealand, with an eye on Asia.

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