Alliance raises Mickie to sr. VP for acquisitions

Distrib spins off int'l pix

TORONTO — Alliance Communications has upped Charlotte Mickie, formerly senior vice president of Alliance Independent Films, to the new position of senior vice president, acquisitions and development, Alliance Motion Picture Group.

In her new post, Mickie will be buying pics for sales arm Alliance Pictures Intl., indie division Alliance Independent Films and domestic distrib operations in the U.K. and Canada.

At the same time, Alliance has announced that Alliance Independent Films will no longer handle its own international sales, with Alliance Pics Intl. taking over that responsibility. However, it will continue to exist as the company’s arthouse banner.

Mickie said that she would still be in the market for the edgy fare she routinely snapped up for Alliance Independent Films, but she will now be open to more pricey projects and is especially eager to pick up pics at the script stage.

“It’s a much broader mandate,” she said. “We’re looking right across the board for anything that’s good. Now I can focus exclusively on acquisitions and development. It’s great — I get to shop full time.”

Part of the new job will involve working on development of projects with established helmers as well as newcomers.

The change reinforces the company’s interest in features following the announcement in late July that Alliance will be merging with Canadian TV producer and distrib Atlantis Communications. When the merger was first announced, some observers wondered if the execs from Atlantis, who will be running the combined Alliance Atlantis, would be keen to pursue Alliance’s feature film agenda.

Mickie’s previous acquisitions include worldwide rights to Todd Solondz’s Sundance winner “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” Greg Mottola’s “The Daytrippers,” Hal Salwen’s “Denise Calls Up” and Neil LaBute’s “In the Company of Men.”

As senior veepee of sales, Mickie has handled several Atom Egoyan pics, including “The Adjuster,” “Exotica” and “The Sweet Hereafter.” She also sold Jean-Claude Lauzon’s “Leolo” and Patricia Rozema’s “When Night is Falling.”

This year, she secured world rights to “Hanging Garden” helmer Thom Fitzgerald’s “Beefcake,” Simon Shore’s “Get Real” and Jeremy Podeswa’s “The Five Senses.”

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