Hyde Park seeks international boost

Ashok Amritraj looks to expand film unit

Ashok Amritraj has put Hyde Park Entertainment Group on a global expansion kick.

He’s made a trio of executive appointments to spearhead the growth and will hire an L.A.-based business affairs staff as well as creative execs for HPE’s new offices in Singapore and the Middle East.

Mimi Steinbauer has been appointed president of Hyde Park Intl., replacing Lisa Wilson. A former veep of distribution at New Line Intl., Steinbauer worked on “The Lord of the Rings” pics and previously oversaw sales of films including “The Matrix” for Village Roadshow.

Patrick Aiello has been promoted to exec VP of worldwide operations, supervising all creative affairs for Amritraj. Aiello, who joined Hyde Park in a first-look producing deal in 2003 before transitioning into an exec role in 2006, supervised the upcoming film “Street Fighter” and initiated a remake of the Blake Edwards comedy “10.”

Katie Lavery has been named VP of finance. Most recently an independent finance consultant for Warner Bros. and Fox Television Studios, Lavery was a finance exec for Sony’s Motion Picture Finance Group and Viacom.

Amritraj said the hirings reflect his goal of boosting the company’s overseas business to facilitate Hyde Park’s intention to fully finance four to five movies per year, as well as partnering with studios on other projects. Amritraj will also announce a slate of Asian film productions at AFM.

Hyde Park has in release the Don Cheadle starrer “Traitor” through Overture Films. Next up is “The Other End of the Line” through MGM on Oct. 31, followed by the Hyde Park/Capcom co-production “Street Fighter,” which goes out through Fox on Feb. 27. “The Dark Country” will have a mid-2009 release through Sony. Hyde Park is also partnered with Platinum Studios on “Dead of Night,” which will star Brandon Routh.

While Steinbauer will spearhead foreign sales on HPE-generated product, Hyde Park Intl. will also rep sales of “Tell Tale,” a Scott Free/Social Capital co-production, the Dark Castle thriller “The Gift” and Bottled Lightning’s “Vanilla Gorilla.”

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