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Intermedia puts London in Box

Exex shuffled as office shutters

LONDON — Intermedia has closed its London office and moved its last two U.K. staffers in with affil Gub Neal’s Box TV.

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

James will be responsible for buying film libraries worldwide and expanding Intermedia throughout Europe.

Sarah Harvey has 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-prexy of Intermedia Music) will segue to consultancy deals. Focus on H’wood pix

Intermedia was 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 focus 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.”

Box TV, in which Intermedia owns a 24.9% stake, is launching Box Film to develop movies 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.”

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