Disney Mexico label taps Payan as topper

Exec to report to Miravista chief Lagier

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Disney Latin American label Miravista has tapped former Argos Cine head Inna Payan to lead its new shingle in Mexico.

Payan will report to Miravista chief Fernando Lagier, who is based in Buenos Aires.

Since its launch in 2002, Miravista has backed a slew of films from Brazil and one Mexican pic, “Ladies Night.” It also co-produced upcoming Brazilian-Mexican pic “Solo dios sabe,” helmed by Carlos Bolado and starring Diego Luna.

In Argentina, Disney produces pics through Patagonik Film Group, in which it has a 30% stake.

Payan, a producer on “Ladies Night” while at Argos Cine, will hit the ground running with at least one pic this year and other projects in the pipeline.

Payan will share offices with the Columbia TriStar/Buena Vista distribution joint venture headed by Philip Alexander.

Columbia TriStar also launched its own production shingle, Columbia Pictures Mexico, in 2003 and tapped Gabriel Ripstein to head it.

“Payan makes a great complement to the team we have,” Alexander said. “She knows everyone in the industry and has the pulse on the Mexican market,” he added.

While Miravista will compete with Columbia Pictures Mexico for projects, both shingles will release their product through the joint venture.

Ripstein is developing three youth-targeted romantic comedies and a sports-related biopic, all as yet unnamed. Issa Lopez, who wrote “Ladies’ Night,” has penned two of the comedies.

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