Bigger purse, push for AIN

Four-year-old outfit splits into two companies

LONDON — Artists Independent Network, a management and production company based in London and New York, has raised significant equity for its production arm and opened a management office in Los Angeles.

The 4-year-old outfit has divided into two companies — Artists Independent Management and Artists Independent Films.

Jersey-based Living Capital and Hong Kong-based fund Star Solutions, which were already minority shareholders, have made a fresh seven-figure investment in production arm AIF.

“By opening our office in Los Angeles and focusing each division financially and creatively, we believe that we will achieve greater global success for our clients,” said Charles Finch, founding chairman of the Artists Independent group.

Founding partner Luc Roeg will lead AIF, operating independently of — yet synergistically with — the management and endorsement division AIM under Finch.

As well as heading the production company, Roeg will continue to represent his director clients including Anand Tucker, Ben Ross and Steve Barron on behalf of AIM.

Founding partner Vanessa Pereira is relocating from London to spearhead the L.A. arm.

She will work closely with Gotham-based Frank Frattaroli, who merged his Widescreen shingle with Artists Independent in 2002, and has now been named prexy of the U.S. divisions. AIM will be the only management company with offices in all three cities.

In a joint statement, Frattaroli and Pereira said, “We have built a strong business in the U.S. and Europe and have watched important careers develop in film and television. With the addition of our Los Angeles office, we will be there for our clients in three markets and three time zones.”

Chris Prapha, from management firm Anonymous, will join Pereira in L.A.

AIM’s clients include John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Lili Taylor, Parker Posey, Sarah Polley, Anna Friel, Jamie Bell, Martine McCutcheon and newcomers Diane Kruger (“Troy”) and Eva Green (“The Dreamers,” “Kingdom of Heaven”).

Roeg is completing his producer chores on Ed Bye’s Brit comedy “Fat Slags.” The company previously exec produced David Cronenberg’s “Spider” and Barron’s “Mike Basset: England Manager” as well as the “Model Behavior” reality series for Channel 4 and “Jerry Hall’s Gurus” for BBC3.

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