Pilowsky tapped by UIP

Exec named international acquisitions director

SYDNEY — Australian feevee exec Marion Pilowsky has been appointed international acquisitions director for UIP, the overseas releasing arm of Paramount, Universal and MGM.

Due to be announced next month, Pilowsky’s appointment to the newly created London-based post, which takes effect mid-February, signals UIP’s desire to diversify its release slate with more independent productions to augment the niche fare coming from UPI (formerly Polygram) and to negate the effects of the imminent defection of MGM from UIP to Fox for overseas distribution.

Pilowsky became an important figure on the Australian movie landscape during her three years as head of acquisitions and development at the Premium Movie Partnership, which manages Oz’s leading movie feevee channels Showtime and Encore in a joint venture among Universal, Paramount, Fox and Columbia TriStar. She was widely praised for investing in more than 20 films and defying predictions that feevee webs would back only cheap TV movies.

Often committing at script stage, Pilowsky helped many credit card efforts get made. Larger projects included acclaimed Berlin screener “The Boys” and Bill Bennett’s “In a Savage Land.” Her efforts also aided the critically acclaimed “Radiance,” low-budget sensation “The Castle” and Brenda Blethyn starrer “In the Winter Dark.” She brought Showtime into a first-look deal with the Australian Film Commission, Oz pubcaster SBSI and Britain’s Channel Four, and steered Four into its first international co-financing alliance with Showtime, which spawned Cannes Critics Week screener “Siam Sunset” and upcoming Sinead Cusack starrer “My Mother Frank.”

Noted for her no-nonsense, cut-through-the-red-tape approach, the ex-Bravo U.K. program manager recently co-produced Village Roadshow and Beyond’s Bryan Brown starrer “Risk.”

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