Co. names CFO, senior VP of business and legal affairs
HOLLYWOOD — Brian Goldsmith has been appointed chief financial officer and executive VP of operations for Senator Intl., the new international sales, production and distribution arm of German indie giant Senator Entertainment, which is ramping up its L.A. operations. Also, Paula Call has joined the company as senior VP of business and legal affairs.
Both Goldsmith and Call will report to Senator Intl. prexy Joe Drake. They will work directly with Carsten Lorenz, president of Senator Entertainment, who is responsible for all Stateside production activities and management of Senator Entertainment’s U.S. joint ventures and strategic interests.
Goldsmith, who most recently was an independent media consultant, will be responsible for the overall operational and financial aspects of Senator Intl., including negotiating production financing and deal structures and liaising with parent company Senator Entertainment on intercompany financial matters. Goldsmith previously was director of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group’s homevideo, finance and corporate development division.
Call, previously senior counsel for Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group, will oversee the operation and continuing development of the biz affairs and legal department, responsible for negotiating and providing legal analysis in connection with film financing arrangements as well as production, acquisition and distribution agreements on a worldwide basis.
At Col, Call negotiated and drafted studio’s co-production deals, international and domestic distribution, finance and development agreements, including rights, writer and producer deals and term/first-look pacts.
“We had a terrific experience working with Brian when he consulted for us and expertly pulled together the financing for ’24 Hours,’ ” Drake said. “We are delighted to have him now working within the company. … Paula is also a fantastic addition to our team.”