Askin upped at Pandora

Vet becomes exec VP, worldwide sales

Sebnem Askin has been promoted to executive VP of worldwide sales for film sales and finance company Pandora from her previous post as senior veep of the company.

Askin joined Pandora three years ago in Paris, where she worked with Pandora prexy Ernst Goldschmidt and was responsible for worldwide sales on such pix as “Maybe Baby,” “Honest” and “Trixie.”

Since relocating to L.A. with the company, Askin has handled all international sales for Pandora’s current slate with Warner Bros., including “White Oleander,” Directors Fortnight closer “Welcome to Collinwood,” the Mandy Moore starrer “A Walk to Remember” and other titles including “Donnie Darko,” “Company Man” and “The Heart of Me,” the latter two which Askin also exec produced.

“Sebnem is a very talented and respected international sales executive and she has been a tremendous asset in all areas of Pandora’s business,” said Hunt Lowry, president of Pandora/Gaylord Films. “Her knowledge and experience in the industry are of the highest quality and I am delighted that she is continuing to lead our international distribution.”

Before joining Pandora, Askin was veepee of co-productions for Trimark; she worked on co-financing “Frida” and co-producing “Let the Devil Wear Black,” directed by Stacy Title. Before that she was prexy of director Alfonso Arau’s production company Seventh Dimension.

She started her career at Istanbul-based arthouse distrib Film Pop where she acquired such pix as “Like Water for Chocolate,” “The Piano,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Player.”

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