Sogepaq collects ‘Bullets’ at San Sebastian

Pic first for de la Iglesia under Panico banner

SAN SEBASTIAN — Spanish distrib and rights broker Sogepaq has acquired Spanish theatrical and video rights to Alex de la Iglesia’s “800 Bullets.”

The $4.3 million pic is the first de la Iglesia (“The Day of the Beast,” “Common Wealth”) will direct and produce under his new banner, Panico Films, Daily Variety learned Tuesday at the San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival.

“Bullets” toplines Carmen Maura, who faces off with spaghetti Western vets in what looks to be a typical de la Iglesia genre-spoof.

The pickup underscores Sogepaq’s renewed commitment to Spanish film financing. The distrib is handling international rights to most films produced by sister company Sogecine.

Exec shifts territories

Separately, Columbia TriStar continues its thrust into Spanish pic production by relocating exec Iona de Macedo to Madrid from her post in Brazil as VP production at Columbia TriStar Intl. Television, Latin America.

De Macedo will be prexy of a new company, Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas, a 100% subsid of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The appointment was announced Monday by Gareth Wigan, vice chairman of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, at a packed press conference.

Wigan told Daily Variety, “We will build up to producing three movies a year in three years hence.”

Sogecable appointment

Spanish acquisition specialist Jacques Roldan has been tapped head of film distribution at film and TV conglom Sogecable.

Roldan has held acquisitions posts at Sogecable and pay TV service Canal Plus. With Ele Juarez and Margaret Nicoll, he formed part of the Sogecable exec team that closed deals with six U.S. majors for Spanish satcaster Canal Satelite Digital.

Roldan will report to Fernando Bovaira, head of film production and distribution at Sogecable and general manager of Sogecine. Roldan’s new position continues the integration of Sogecable film production unit Sogecine and the conglom’s distribution company, Sogepaq, which is 45% owned by France’s StudioCanal.

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