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Miramax molds acquisition arm

Mentre, Herwitz to lead Gotham office

Miramax Films has solidified its acquisitions team: Andrew Herwitz will join Agnes Mentre as co-head of the department, while the company has extended Teresa Moneo’s and Matt Brodlie’s responsibilities and promoted Elizabeth Dreyer to veep of acquisitions.

In addition, Gotham-based Miramax vets Andrew Stengel and Jeffrey Tahler have been tapped directors of acquisition.

Mentre, Moneo and the rest of the team members were instrumental in the acquisition of such films as “Life Is Beautiful,” “The Piano,” “Mrs. Brown,” “Shall We Dance,” “Muriel’s Wedding” and “Trainspotting,” as well as the re-release of “Belle de Jour.”

“Agnes’ continuing leadership, combined with Andrew’s expertise, will allow us to maintain the same high-quality acquisitions that Miramax is known for around the world,” Miramax co-chief Harvey Weinstein said, adding: “Agnes is not only a great adviser on business matters but an outstanding creative executive, too. I am confident that Andrew will continue to be successful in his newly expanded role.”

‘Homegrown talent’

“I am very excited to be working with an acquisitions team full of homegrown talent,” said Mentre, exec VP of acquisitions and co-production. “Our strength lies in the diversity of experience and expertise of our acquisitions staff.”

Senior veep of acquisitions Herwitz added: “Bob and Harvey (Weinstein) have provided me with an incredible opportunity to grow within the company over the past four years. I am very grateful for this chance and look forward to assuming these new responsibilities.”

Department vets Moneo, senior veep of acquisitions, and Brodlie, veep of acquisitions, will continue to work out of company’s London and Los Angeles offices, respectively. In Europe, Moneo works with Maeva Gatineau, recently named director of acquisitions. Brodlie will coordinate American acquisitions with Dreyer. In L.A., he is joined by Michelle Krumm, recently upped to director of acquisitions.

Gotham gurus

Mentre and Herwitz will lead the Gotham office, which includes Dreyer; Sean McPhillips, who was recently promoted to manager of acquisitions; Stengel; and Tahler. Stengel will also be involved in book acquisitions and development, which are spearheaded by Jennifer Wachtell, director of development.

Tahler had served as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein.

Miramax maintains a presence in Southeast Asia and Australia with Hong Kong-based Rowena Chiu and Sydney-based Victoria Treole.

All of these changes follow Jason Blum and Amy Israel’s departure for a first-look deal with Miramax (Daily Variety, June 20).

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