Titles includes "Primal Fear" and "Sex and the City"
Qualia Capital, a private-equity group led by former Artisan CEO Amir Malin and prexy-chief operating officer Ken Schapiro, have consolidated the management of their library holdings under a new entity, Qualia Library Companies.Company’s initial mandate will be to manage the former Rysher, Gaylord and Pandora libraries. Qualia bought the libraries of Rysher Entertainment and Gaylord for about $100 million in March (Variety, March 30). New entity will manage more than 300 feature films and more than 2,000 hours of TV programming. Feature titles include “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood,” “Primal Fear,” “Like Water for Chocolate” and “Shine.” Television titles include “Sex and the City,” “Nash Bridges” and “Oz.” Qualia Library Cos. will continue to actively exploit all rights in coordination with its distribution partners. Along with distribution rights management, company will seek to develop its various sequel and remake rights to such properties as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Star Search,” “Donnie Darko,” “Kingpin” and “The Reincarnation of Peter Proud.” In addition, Patrick Gunn and David Cragnotti have been tapped Qualia Library Cos. COO and chief financial officer respectively. Christine Ricardo will serve as controller. For the past two years, Gunn has served as managing director of Qualia Capital. Prior to joining Qualia, he managed distribution of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” on behalf of Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Fellowship Adventure Group. Gunn was also exec VP of Artisan Entertainment, where he was responsible for content acquisition, which included overseeing the joint venture between Artisan and Marvel Studios. Prior to joining Qualia Capital in 2005, Cragnotti was VP of financial planning at Lions Gate Entertainment. He has also held various positions in the accounting and finance department of Artisan Entertainment.