'Vacuums,' 'Mike Bassett' to be unveiled at Cannes

Financing and foreign sales entity MM Media Capital Partners has announced that the company will be renamed Cobalt Media Group, effective Tuesday.

Cobalt will bring two new titles to the upcoming Cannes Film Market: “Vacuums,” which stars Kip Pardue (“Remember the Titans”) in the feature film debut of “Stomp” creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, and the Hallmark Entertainment Films production “Mike Bassett: England Manager.”

Additionally, Cobalt has hired former Fine Line Intl. exec Ralpho Borgos as senior VP, international sales and distribution, while former director of JAC publicity Peta Browne has joined as marketing veep. Both will be based in Cobalt’s London office.

Cresswell and McNicholas will write and direct “Vacuums,” a pic that aims to blend a feature narrative with the kinetic energy of “Stomp.” The movie co-stars Rose McGowan (“Monkeybone”) and Lee Evans (“The Ladies Man”) ,and will be produced by Middle Fork Prods.’ Verna Harrah and Susan Ruskin. Quincy Jones and Joel Simon are executive producers. Production will begin Saturday on location in Romania.

“Mike Bassett” is a comedy that focuses on the trials and tribulations of the manager of England’s national soccer team. The pic is shooting in the U.K. and Brazil under the direction of Steve Barron (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), and is produced by Barron and Neil Peplow (“Waking Ned Devine”). Entertainment Film Distributors will release the film in the U.K. this fall.

A Hallmark Entertainment Film Prods. and Entertainment Film Distributors production, “Mike Bassett” is made with the support of the Lottery through the Film Council Premiere Fund.

New profile at Cannes

Cobalt will attend its first Cannes as a fully integrated film finance, sales and distribution company, after the appointment of former Lakeshore Intl. prexy Peter Rogers as head of international sales and distribution. Rogers is based in Cobalt’s Los Angeles office, which is headed by Hal Sadoff.

Cobalt’s slate also includes “Spider,” a psychological thriller from David Cronenberg starring Ralph Fiennes, and “Swimfan85,” a high school thriller that features Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen.

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