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NEW YORK — Miramax Films has promoted Stuart Ford to exec VP and co-head of acquisitions. He joins Agnes Mentre, exec VP and co-head of acquisitions and co-productions. Duo will oversee Miramax’s acquisitions department.

Promotion follows Andrew Herwitz’s departure to form his own film sales shingle (Daily Variety, Feb. 22).

Gotham-based Ford reports to Mentre and Harvey Weinstein. Mentre, also based in New York, will continue reporting directly to Weinstein.

“Since joining Miramax over three years ago, Stuart has demonstrated his abilities and shown himself worthy of this new challenge,” said Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax.

Ford, a three-year vet of the company, was senior veep, acquisitions and international operations.

During the past year, under Mentre’s leadership, Miramax acquired the multi-Oscar-nommed films “In the Bedroom,” “Amelie” and “Iris.”

The acquisitions team is also responsible for acquiring recent releases “The Son’s Room” (2000 winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes), “Pinero” and “Italian for Beginners.” Other acquisitions include upcoming releases “Kung Fu Soccer,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “The Warrior” and “Quiet American.”

At this year’s Sundance film fest, Miramax acquired buzz pic “Tadpole,” directed by Gary Winick, and Karen Moncrieff’s debut feature “Blue Car.”

The acquisitions department includes Gotham-based Arianna Bocco, who last fall joined the studio as senior veep of acquisitions; L.A.-based senior veep Matt Brodlie and veep Michelle Krumm; and New York veep Andrew Stengel and directors of acquisitions Sean McPhillips and Jeff Tahler.

The team is rounded out by U.K.-based veeps Elizabeth Dreyer and Maeva Gatineau, as well as Chiara Trento, manager of acquisitions. Beijing-based Dede Nickerson is Miramax’s Asian consultant, and Sydney-based Victoria Treole consults from Australia.

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