WB beefs up Euro ops with exec postings

Warner Bros. Pictures is expanding its European production and acquisitions team with the hire of Crisilde Dominici as its director of local production in Italy.

Move is one of several reflecting Warner’s ongoing push into the Italian local-language market.

In addition, David Brander was recently promoted to senior VP of international operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for managing both European co-production and distribution operations.

Adam Smith has been promoted to director, legal & business affairs of European productions. He joined the local-language management team on a dedicated basis earlier this year. Regional team is rounded out by Mike Kelly, director of international finance, European productions. All three of these execs work in Warner’s London office.

The Italy-based Dominici will be working with and reporting to local general manager Paolo Ferrari, also in Italy, and Paris-based VP of European productions Simona Benzakein. The team seeks projects to produce for the Italian market.

WB’s first co-production for Italy is Carlo Verdone’s “Ma Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi,” currently in production.

Studio’s initial local-language push was concentrated primarily in France and Germany. Activity in these markets has gained momentum with the success of “Would I Lie to You 2″ “Le Boulet” and “Little Polar Bear.”

Warner plans to embark on a similar local plan in Spain later this year.

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