Exec to work as consultant alongside FilmFour's Webster

LONDON — Broadcaster Channel 4 has called in former Universal Pictures acquisitions prexy Graeme Mason to help shutter its subsid FilmFour.

Mason will work as a consultant alongside FilmFour chief exec Paul Webster to manage the disposal of assets, including completed pics and scripts in development.

Insiders say he will ensure a smooth transition for the few projects, including Lynne Ramsay’s “The Lovely Bones,” which the web has decided to develop through its new inhouse film unit.

Move has prompted speculation that Mason may be a candidate to head the unit if C4 bosses decide to give it a broader international scope than previously suggested.

C4 chief exec Mark Thompson has not finalized the unit’s mandate, even though he earlier indicated that it would focus on low-budget movies for British audiences.

Mason ankled Universal this summer after a restructuring that followed the launch of U specialty arm Focus Features.

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