This article was corrected on May 8, 2003.
Miramax Films chief operating officer Rick Sands is handing over day-to-day management of Miramax Intl. to Stuart Ford, a N.Y.-based veteran acquisitions exec who will serve as exec VP and department head of Miramax Intl.
Lisa Lazure has been promoted to senior veep of international publicity, Mark Lindsay to senior vice president of sales and Michael Rothstein to vice prexy of sales and distribution.
All will be based in Miramax’s New York office, with Lindsay and Rothstein reporting to Ford. Ford will report to Sands, and Lazure will report to both Ford and Sands.
Sands, who spent the previous five years as chair of worldwide distribution, was promoted to Miramax chief operating officer in October. The move gave him broader jurisdiction at the company.
Ford now will oversee all aspects of the company’s international business.
Lazure will continue to spearhead international publicity campaigns and work with various distributors worldwide.
In his new role, Lindsay will oversee international sales on Miramax and Dimension titles and represent Miramax at all major international film markets, trade shows and fests.
In addition to his new foreign sales responsibilities, Rothstein will continue as liaison among domestic and international production and development, working closely with business and legal affairs and overseeing nontheatrical sales and foreign festivals. He also will be the new liaison between domestic and international acquisitions.
“Stuart’s a proven commodity within Miramax, and his transition from acquisitions to heading up Miramax Intl. represents a natural progression for his career,” Sands said. “As for Lisa, Mark and Michael, we have an incredibly dedicated group, and with the elevation in responsibilities they’ve earned as key senior executives within the department, we have a very strong team.”
Ford joined Miramax in 1998 and in February 2001 became senior VP and co-head of acquisitions. He and exec VP of acquisitions and co-production Agnes Mentre managed Miramax’s acquisitions team of 18 execs spread throughout the world.
As a former U.K. entertainment attorney, Ford took particular responsibility for dealmaking, closing deals for nearly 30 movies or remake rights in just over two years. A U.K. citizen, Ford is on the board of Miramax’s Blighty operating company and is a board director alongside Sands and Mentre for TFM, Miramax’s French theatrical joint venture with TF1. Ford received his B.A. and M.A. at Oxford U.
Lazure joined Miramax last year as director of international publicity and was promoted shortly thereafter to VP, managing the international publicity team between New York and London. Before Miramax, Lazure was a publicity and event consultant working for companies such as Oxygen Media, the Webby Awards and Big Show Prods.
Lindsay joined Miramax in 1999 as vice president of distribution. A 17-year veteran of international sales and distribution, he has worked for Mutual Film Co., Spelling Films Intl., Odyssey Distributors and Lorimar Film Distribution.
With Miramax since 1998, Rothstein began as an assistant in the international department. He later was director of business and legal affairs, international, and then was director of development and production for Miramax Intl.