Co-founder will go back to his indie roots

Five years after launching CinemaNX, co-founder Marc Samuelson is leaving to start a new venture. In the short term, Samuelson is returning to indie producing, with two projects set to shoot this year, plus a third which he will produce for CinemaNX.

But he has begun discussions with potential partners about a longer-term plan for a new production and financing company. Acquisitions and development topper Josie Law is leaving CinemaNX to join Samuelson.

Samuelson will remain on the board of CinemaNX, which will be reorganized under chairman and co-founder Steve Christian.

CinemaNX is a production, financing and distribution venture bankrolled by the Isle of Man’s film fund. Its credits include “Me and Orson Welles,” “Chico & Rita,” “TT3D: Closer to the Edge,” “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” and “Albatross.” Upcoming projects include Shan Khan’s “Honor” and the Mat Whitecross pic “Ashes.”

Samuelson will produce another NX project this year, which has yet to be announced.

In his new indie guise, he will co-produce the Agatha Christie adaptation “Crooked House,” directed by Neil LaBute from a script by Julian Fellowes, and “All Our Christmases,” an edgy festive comedy written and directed by Aschlin Ditta. “Crooked House” was developed by Rory Gilmartin and Joe Abrams of Brilliant Films, the production label of Independent Talent Group. “All Our Christmases” was developed by Polly Leys and Kate Norrish of Hillbilly Films.

Samuelson’s credits include “Tom and Viv,” “Wilde,” “Stormbreaker” and “Arlington Road.” He is deputy chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, and a former board member of the U.K. Film Council.

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