Berney, King may join forces

GK Films draws interest of former Apparition topper

Distribution vet Bob Berney’s in talks with Graham King to help launch a distribution operation, according to an informed source.

Move comes a month after Berney’s sudden exit from Apparition on the eve of the Cannes Film Festival. King’s GK Films had no comment Monday about the possible hiring of Berney, first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

King’s new distribution operation would be aimed at taking advantage of studios moving away from handling smaller pics in recent years.

Should Berney sign with King, he’d be another major hire for GK Films in the wake of tapping longtime Sony exec Peter Schlessel last week as president of GK Films. Schlessel has been Sony’s president of worldwide affairs and was instrumental in sealing a distribution pact between Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group and GK Films last year.

Berney’s best known for overseeing the distribution of “The Passion of the Christ,” “Memento” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” He later headed indie distrib Picturehouse, which was shuttered by Warner Bros. two years ago.

GK Films recently concluded production on romance-drama “The Tourist,” starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. It was shot on location in Venice and will be released by Sony.

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