Toronto: FilmNation Beefs Up With Ben Browning

Aiming to grow its slate, FilmNation Entertainment has hired veteran producer Ben Browning as co-president of production and acquisitions.

The hire was announced at the Toronto Film Festival. Browning will relocate from New York to Los Angeles to join co-president Aaron Ryder.

Browning exec produced underwater adventure “Sanctum” with James Cameron and developed, produced and financed “Europa Report,” Zach Galifianakis starrer “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and “Ondine,” starring Colin Farrell.

FilmNation is currently in development on “The Good House,” to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, and “In the Event of a Moon Disaster,” with Tate Taylor directing. It’s in pre-production on Denis Villeneuve’s “Story of Your Life,” starring Amy Adams.

Browning and Ryder will report to FilmNation topper Glen Basner.

Browning co-founded Wayfare Entertainment in 2008 and became CEO in 2010 until Wayfare was absorbed into Start Media in 2013.

FilmNation negotiated $50 million in additional capital last year with an equity-backed, revolving multi-bank credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank. It’s representing “The Imitation Game,” “While We’re Young” and “Top Five” at Toronto.

 

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