Former FilmDistrict exec will work with Daniel Battsek

Cohen Media Group has continued to ramp up operations, hiring distribution veteran William R. Thompson as senior VP of theatrical sales.

Thompson will work with just-hired president Daniel Battsek to help oversee acquisition and distribution of CMG titles.

Thompson’s resume includes exec sales positions with Miramax, Gramercy, Lot 47 and four companies headed by Bob Berney — Newmarket Films, Picturehouse, Apparition and FilmDistrict. Most recently he was a distribution consultant with Indomina Releasing, overseeing the release of Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors.”

Topper Charles S. Cohen said the Thompson and Battsek hires reflect the company’s aim to expand operations in prestige titles, adding, “We are aiming at mature, intelligent audiences, which are starved for new movies.”

CMG’s upcoming releases include Spanish Oscar entry “Blancanieves,” 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.” “In the House” will open in March.

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.”

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