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Battsek to top Cohen Media Group

Former National Georaphic Films, Miramax prexy will work with Charles Cohen

Cohen Media Group has tapped former National Geographic Films and Miramax prexy Daniel Battsek as its president.

Battsek will work alongside topper Charles Cohen to oversee acquisition, production and distribution of CMG titles and the Cohen Film Collection previously known as the Rohauer Library.

CMG’s production slate includes “Double Cross,” “Operation Mincemeat” and a remake of French film “You Will Be My Son.” Four-year-old CMG has released “The Other Son,” “Farewell, My Queen” and Luis Bunuel’s “Tristana” and is handling the upcoming release of the Spanish Oscar entry “Blancanieves.”

During Battsek’s tenure at National Geographic, he acquired projects for development and production, operated a domestic distribution arm for arthouse titles and documentaries including “Restrepo” and oversaw large-screen projects. Prior to joining Nat Geo, Battsek headed Miramax during the time the distrib released “The Queen” and “No Country for Old Men.”

“Daniel Battsek is a proven force in film production and distribution, and we are fortunate to have him as we prepare for great things in the coming year and beyond,” Cohen said.

CMG’s upcoming releases include Fernando Trueba’s “The Artist and the Model,” Francois Ozon’s “In the House,” the restored 1924 “Thief of Bagdad” and Rachid Bouchareb’s first American film, “Just Like a Woman.”

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