McDarrah guns Good Machine distrib engine

NEW YORK — Patrick McDarrah, who recently parted ways with his Gotham Entertainment partner Joel Roodman, has landed at Good Machine Intl., the exclusive foreign sales agent for October Films.

McDarrah will be a senior distribution exec under Good Machine Intl. president David Linde, with whom he previously worked at Miramax Intl. and Fox Lorber Associates. McDarrah’s exact title and job description have not yet been formalized.

In addition to October, Linde and McDarrah also represent films produced by Good Machine, the New York production company run by James Schamus and Ted Hope. Schamus and Hope are best known for producing the films of Ang Lee and Edward Burns.

In his new job, McDarrah will be competing against his former partner Roodman. Last month, Roodman joined Miramax Intl. as vice president of sales under Cedric Jeanson, senior veepee of distribution.

McDarrah and Roodman left Miramax two years ago to form Gotham, an indie production company. While at Gotham, they teamed with Kardana Films and investor Patricia Kluge to form Ark Pictures, which Kluge capitalized with a multimillion-dollar investment.

During its two-year history, Gotham produced Roland Joffe’s “Goodbye, Lover,” along with Alexandra Milchan of Regency Vision, and Philip Haas’ “The Blood Oranges,” which is being released by Trimark.

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