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Ex-Par exec Mori revs up production

Multiple pics advance at Mexico's The Mori Company

MADRID — Former Paramount exec Mineko Mori, one of Mexico’s most experienced distributors, is revving up production at The Mori Company.

Mori and Daniel Magana, her partner, founded Mexico City-based TMC last July, one month after Paramount Pictures shuttered its Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group, where Mori oversaw Latin America.

Animation, which Mori calls her “speciality,” and genre — where Mori saw success acquiring films for Televisa distribbery Videocine before joining PWAG — both feature strongly on TMC’s first slate.

TMC will team with brothers Gabriel and Rodolfo Riva Palacio’s Huevocartoon to produce “Una Pelicula de huevos y un gallo,” the third entry in the hit toon comedy franchise.

Of in-house projects, TMC has fully funded “Alguien te cuida,” a supernatural thriller along the lines of ‘The Orphanage’ and ‘The Others,'” Mori said at Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival.

Mori wrote the screenplay with Mexico’s Rafael Gaytan. A director still has to be attached.

TMC is developing “El Amuleto,” a Mexico City-set romantic comedy penned by Sharon Kleinberg.

It has opened up tenpercentary Mori Company Talent Boutique, and consults for new Mexican distrib op Santo Domingo Distribution, Onscreen Films, Mexico’s biggest DVD company, and production company Dos Corazon Films, whose “Cristiada” bows in Mexico April 20 via 20th Century Fox.

“To establish ourselves, we’d like to make films that do well at the box office, then fan out” in film types, Mori said.

“There’s a huge opportunity for producers to get funding for projects” compared with Mexico 10 or 15 years ago, Mori said.

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