Intermedia shutters London office

Film co. moves in with Box

LONDON — Intermedia has closed its London office, and moved its two remaining U.K. staff in with Gub Neal’s Box TV, an affiliated company.

Gavin James has been promoted from VP to president of U.K. operations for Intermedia, reporting to Los Angeles-based vice chairman John Gumpert.

James will be responsible for the acquisition of film libraries worldwide, and the expansion of Intermedia’s operations throughout Europe.

Sarah Harvey has also been retained as a London-based development exec, reporting to worldwide production prexy Basil Iwanyk.

But Nick Drake, formerly director of development, Paul Davies, president of worldwide marketing, and Will Evans, co-president of Intermedia Music, will segue to consultancy deals.

Intermedia was originally launched by Guy East and Nigel Sinclair as a company based equally in London and Los Angeles. But the London office has been gradually scaled back as the company’s focus has switched to Hollywood movies. East and Sinclair left earlier this year to form their own production company, Spitfire Pictures.

Intermedia is expecting to shoot two U.K.-based pics by the end of this year – “Brighton Rock” and “If Only.”

Meanwhile Box TV, in which Intermedia owns a 24.9% stake, is launching Box Film to develop movie projects under a first-look deal with Intermedia. The two companies are already co-developing “Exile,” the first theatrical script by award-winning Brit TV writer Paul Abbott.

“This is an important step in getting some of the U.K.’s best talent into the international film business,” said Neal.

“The level of talent coming out of the U.K., both in front of and behind the camera, is truly original and cutting edge,” said Iwanyk. “Having direct access to these talented filmmakers poises Intermedia at the forefront of all quality material in the very early stages of development.”

“This is an exciting time for our European operations,” commented Gumpert. “Not only are we able to continue our focus on working with the enormous wealth of film talent in the U.K., but also with the alignment of Box TV and Box Film we have the opportunity to take full advantage of this relationship by having access to a talented pool of writers who will now be able to maintain a closer relationship with the financing component, allowing us to make true Intermedia films out of Europe.”

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