London’s AIN taps Mayson as topper

Appointment signals new phase of corporate expansion

LONDON — Artists Independent Network, the London-based production and management company, is spreading its wings with the appointment of Andy Mayson as managing director.

Mayson was previously chief operating officer of Intermedia, where he was a key part of the team that took the company public on Germany’s Neuer Markt last year. Before that, he was chief financial officer of Working Title Films.

The appointment signals a new phase of corporate expansion for AIN, which was founded in spring 2000 by former William Morris agents Charles Finch and Luc Roeg.

The company plans to open its own foreign sales division by the end of this year, followed by a New York office early in 2002.

“We are extremely excited and very pleased to have Andy on board,” said Finch and Roeg. “His experience, expertise and management skills will help us grow the business, both here and in the U.S.”

Mayson said, “I see this as an exciting opportunity to help develop this established business into a renowned and diversified media group.”

The first movie to be exec produced by AIN, “Mike Bassett: England Manager,” directed by client Steve Barron, was released last month in the U.K., and has so far grossed $4.7 million. Company’s second pic, David Cronenberg’s “Spider,” is currently in post-production.

Its first TV series, supermodel doc “Model Behaviour,” has drawn strong ratings on the U.K.’s Channel 4.

Next movie to shoot will be WWII drama “Who Goes There?” to star Jamie Bell. Ben Ross will direct the pic, with USA Films taking North American rights. AIN has a development deal with USA.

Also casting for production next year is “The Romford Matador,” written and directed by Piers Ashworth, which is in development with U.K. distrib Momentum Pictures.

AIN’s management clients include John Malkovich, Willem Defoe, Harvey Keitel and Monica Bellucci.

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