Miramax shuffles London deck

Reich segues to DNA Films, Vaines upped

MILAN — Miramax Films is reshuffling its London office, with Allon Reich exiting as head of film and Colin Vaines relocating back to the U.K. as exec VP, European production and development.

Reich ankled to become a partner in DNA Films, the lottery franchise run by Andrew Macdonald and Duncan Kenworthy. Vaines, a Brit, has been promoted from exec VP of development, based in New York.

Theresa Moneo, Miramax’s long-serving senior VP of acquisitions and co-production in London, has also signaled her intention to ankle in the coming months, although she’ll remain in place for the time being while working out her future plans.

Vaines will report to co-president of production Meryl Poster and to Julie Goldstein, who shares the same title of exec VP, European production and development.

Strategy unchanged

According to Vaines, Miramax’s production strategy in Europe remains unchanged. “We will make a mix of smaller-scale and larger-scale films, but driven by the material rather than any policy of making either smaller or larger films,” he said.

Recent Miramax U.K. productions include “Dirty Pretty Things,” “Heartlands,” “Four Feathers,” “Ella Enchanted” and “Neverland.”

“Miramax has a very strong track record of making films in Europe using European cast and crew, and of bringing them over to use in our American films as well,” said Goldstein.

Following the departure of acquisitions exec Liz Dreyer this summer, the London-based acquisitions team now includes Maeva Gatineau, VP of acquisitions, along with Chiara Trento and Emil Elmer. With 17 staffers in London across production, acquisition and sales, the total size of the London office is unchanged.

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