U.K. distributor to operate division out of London

LONDON — Blighty distrib Metrodome has announced plans to launch an international film sales agency next year.

The agency will operate through its current London offices and Metrodome are currently speaking to candidates for the posts of managing director and head of acquisitions.

The announcement follows Metrodome’s recent acquisition of international television rights management group Target Entertainment, which is bought for £800,000 ($1.2 million) in August. It marks the group’s concerted effort to provide a one-stop shop service for rights holders and producers across film and television.

Through the agency, Metrodome will offer to take on films for international sales and U.K. distribution, dependent on the rights-holders preference.

Earlier this year, Metrdome announced that it was going to significantly reduce its theatrical distribution biz and shortly after various members of staff departed, including CEO Peter Urie and general manager Sara Frain.

Yesterday, the group announced that its head of acquisitions and production, James Brown, would be joining production and finance outfit Neon Park as an MD but would retain a consultancy role at Metrodome.

Metrodome has a first look production deal with Neon Park but said that there were no plans announced as yet to set up its own production house. Its first co-production, “Age of Heroes,” starring Sean Bean and Danny Dyer, will preem at AFM this year while Vinnie Jones and Danny Glover starrer “Age of Dragons,” will unspool in 2011.

The indie distrib is responsible for releasing titles such as “Donnie Darko,” “I Am Love,” “Monster” and “The Counterfeiters.”

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