Marion Pilowsky is joining Kirk D’Amico’s Myriad Pictures as head of international production, based in London.
She will spearhead the expansion of the sales, financing and production company’s film-making activities in Europe and further afield.
Pilowsky is currently head of acquisitions at United Intl. Pictures. Previously she set up the production investment division at Australian pay TV outfit PMP, where she backed pics from Oz directors including Gregor Jordan, John Polson and Rowan Wilson.
According to D’Amico, Myriad’s L.A.-based topper, the company will shoot five British pics in the coming year. Pilowsky, who was born in Britain but brought up in Australia, will also help Myriad tap into the filmmaking scene Down Under. She will report to L.A.-based president of production Lucas Foster.
“I spent a long time looking for someone to fill this role, and Marion is absolutely the right and best person we could have found,” D’Amico said. She is expected to take up the post early in the New Year.
Myriad’s upcoming international projects include “Ripley Underground,” the second book in Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley trilogy, which Roger Spottiswoode will direct. Project is in turnaround from Fox.
Also on the slate are “The Bum’s Rush,” a low-budget Scottish comedy from Mike Barker and Dougray Scott’s Hero Films; sci-fi thriller “The Tenth Victim,” set to shoot at Germany’s Babelsberg Studios; an adaptation of the Leslie Forbes novel “Bombay Ice” by writer/director Nick Willing: “Baker Street,” a conspiracy thriller set in 1970s London, to be directed by Stefan Schwartz; and bullfight comedy “The Romford Matador,” to star Ryan Reynolds.
Myriad is currently in post on Christopher Hampton’s “Imagining Argentina” and “Jeepers Creepers 2.”
Meanwhile, D’Amico has all but completed the process of separating Myriad from its former German backer In-Motion. In-Motion agreed to acquire a 76% stake in Myriad two years ago, but the deal went through.
The two companies combined some of their operations in expectation of the merger being finalized, but when it became apparent that In-Motion could not deliver financially, D’Amico started untangling himself from the relationship. For the past 18 months, Myriad has been financing its movies independently of In-Motion, with the help of a $100 million revolving credit line from Imperial Entertainment Group. D’Amico quit the In-Motion board earlier this year.
Myriad is also moving into new London digs, away from the old office of J&M Entertainment, the British sales company that In-Motion bought with D’Amico’s help in October, 2000, and subsequently merged with Myriad. The J&M library and some staff will stay with In-Motion, while a few key individuals will go with Myriad.
Pathe takes Four
Pathe has emerged as the likely candidate to take on the U.K. distribution and foreign sales duties for FilmFour’s leftover slate. FilmFour, which finally shuts down at the end of the year, has about a dozen pics awaiting U.K. release, of which the prime titles are “The Actors,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “To Kill a King” and “The Motorcycle Diaries.”
Video sell-through and TV rights are already spoken for under respective deals with VCI and Channel 4 itself, which leaves Pathe in talks to take theatrical and video rental as well handling foreign sales on a smaller number of films. Separately, Pathe has three pics left to release next year that were bought under its old co-acquisition deal with FilmFour — “Bulletproof Monk,” “Wrong Turn” and “Jeepers Creepers 2.”