CEO Tim Haslam segues to non-exec role

Tim Haslam is standing down as CEO of Jeremy Thomas’ sales boutique HanWay Films after seven years. He will continue in a non-executive role, helping producers find financing for pics.

Thomas has made two senior appointments. Thorston Schumacher, the head of sales, becomes managing director and Jan Spielhoff, head of business affairs, has been appointed chief operating officer. Both will join the board with the founding shareholders — Thomas, who is chairman, deputy chairman Peter Watson and chief finance officer Stephan Mallmann.

“My years heading HanWay have been the happiest of my career and I’m proud to have made my contribution in building a highly reputable and successful sales company,” Haslam said, Haslam describes his new job as “a natural and progressive step which allows me to focus my work with producers in financing films, balance my work with my family life and ensure HanWay’s dynamic ambition.”

“Tim has been a great colleague,” said Thomas. “He has helped build the best acquisitions, sales and marketing team in the independent marketplace. Under his stewardship HanWay has continued to flourish and grow. I am delighted that we will benefit from a close relationship with Tim going forward.”

Haslam helped turn HanWay into a prominent international sales house and broadened its slate with movies like Woody Allen’s “Match Point”; “Brideshead Revisited,” which he exec produced; and “Away From Her.” Schumacher will be supported by HanWay management team — Jonathan Lynch-Staunton, director of marketing and distribution; Matthew Baker, director of acquisitions; Richard Mansell, head of production finance; and Fabien Westerhoff, director of library and digital.

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