Lumiere reorganizes sales, biz divisions

International film and TV animation corporation Lumiere has reorganized its sales and business development wings with a series of promotions and transfers.

This follows the departure in June of Alastair Waddell as chief exec of Lumiere’s British-based film production and sales units.

Chairman/CEO Jean Cazes says Lumiere is now structured to maximize returns on its extensive library and on future productions and new ventures.

Lumiere (the rechristened Initial Groupe) owns the 1,400 title EMI library, and has announced a three-picture deal with the Pleskow-Spikings Partnership, for which TriStar will have domestic rights.

Chris Cary, previously head of worldwide TV sales, has been upped to head of business development. He’ll oversee the recently launched Lumiere Home Video label in the U.K., music publishing and merchandising, and develop new media businesses.

Ralph Kamp, recently recruited from Majestic Films as Lumiere’s head of theatrical sales, takes charge of sales in all media. He’ll also oversee sales of non-English language productions handled by Christine Ghazarian in the Paris office.

Alison Trumpy relocates from Paris to London as TV sales manager. Martin Bigham switches from sales to head of technical operations but will continue to field TV and homevid sales to Eastern Europe. Theatrical sales manager Jamie Carmichael additionally will handle some TV sales.

Paris continues as the corporate HQ, London is the base for international sales, and the Paris, London and L.A. offices are each responsible for their productions. The L.A. office has moved to larger premises at 8442 Melrose Place.

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