Protagonist taps Goodridge as CEO

Screen International editor replaces Ben Roberts

LONDON — Protagonist Pictures, the international sales and financing company whose shareholders include Film4, Vertigo Films and Ingenious Media, has tapped Mike Goodridge as CEO.

Goodridge, who is editor of Screen Intl., replaces Ben Roberts, who was appointed head of the BFI’s Film Fund in April. Goodridge will take up his post in August.

Before becoming editor, Goodridge spent 12 years as U.S. editor for Screen.

Protagonist chairman Nigel Williams said, “We are very confident that (Mike) will build on the very strong foundations that have been put in place by Ben and the team to continue Protagonist’s growth.”

Protagonist was set up in 2008 and Williams joined as chairman and majority shareholder in 2010. Protagonist has handled a diverse slate of films from its shareholders and third-party producers. Its titles include “Bronson,” “StreetDance,” “Monsters,” “Tyrannosaur,” “Kill List,” “The Deep Blue Sea” and “Submarine.”

Its current slate includes Nick Love’s cop thriller “The Sweeney,” Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers,” which played in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, as well as Sundance docus “Searching for Sugar Man” and “The Imposter.”

Currently shooting are Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, and Farren Blackburn’s “Hammer of the Gods.” Coming this year are Kevin Macdonald’s “How I Live Now” and John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary.”

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