M’max taps Hausfater for int’l

Exec to aid in acquisitions, distrib'n

This article was updated at 7:37 p.m.

Jere Hausfater has joined Miramax Films as exec VP and co-head of Miramax Intl. He begins work next week.

Based in Los Angeles, Hausfater will work alongside Stuart Ford, who is based in Gotham and also holds the title of exec VP and co-head at Miramax Intl. Ford previously served as the division’s sole chief. Both report to Miramax Films chief operating officer Rick Sands.

Hausfater will work closely with Agnes Mentre, who heads the acquisitions group, in acquiring product for sale and distribution outside of North America.

He also will be involved in developing European co-financing structures for the company as well as expanding the division’s homevid and TV activities. In this arena, he will work closely with Colleen Seldin, VP of international finance and operations.

Hausfater and Ford will divide many of the responsibilities that come with running Miramax Intl., such as the annual round of market and fest stops. The two “will be partners in all aspects of Miramax Intl. from sales and distribution to marketing and publicity,” said Sands.

He added that Hausfater will be key in developing a new strategy for Miramax Intl. Under which the company will seek pics to sell in foreign territories. “We want to make that a part of the business model,” Sands said.

“There’s an amazing infrastructure at Miramax Intl. and I want to maximize it,” Hausfater said.

Most recently, Hausfater served as president of Intermedia Film’s motion picture group, responsible for worldwide distribution, marketing and acquisitions. Projects include the Miramax-distributed “The Quiet American” and “Iris” as well as “K-19: The Widowmaker,” “Adaptation,” “Resident Evil” and the upcoming “Mindhunters.”

As exec VP of Walt Disney Studios, Hausfater acquired and sold over 250 pics for various distrib rights throughout the world. He also launched Buena Vista Film Sales and the U.K. Comedy Label for Buena Vista Intl., which produced the upcoming “Calendar Girls.” He also oversaw production on Buena Vista Pictures’ “Gunshy” and “Duets.”

Hausfater’s history with Miramax dates back to Disney’s acquisition of the company. He served as a Mouse-Miramax liaison, jointly acquiring films such as “The Crow,” “The Piano,” “Shine,” “Kolya” and “Muriel’s Wedding.”

Prior to his 14-year run at the Walt Disney Co., Hausfater oversaw business affairs for Media Home Entertainment and served as VP of business affairs for K-Tel Entertainment. That was preceded by several exec stints in the music industry, including at MCA, ABC Records and United Artists/Blue Note Records.

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