×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Waddell ankles chief exec post with Lumiere Pictures

Alasdair Waddell has resigned as chief executive of Lumiere Pictures, the U.K. film production arm of France’s Initial Groupe, citing “personal reasons.”

Lumiere was created last year after Initial bought the EMI/Weintraub library, which contains numerous classic British movies along with titles such as “The Deer Hunter” and “Death on the Nile.”

Initial plans to use this catalog as the foundation for a push into English-language production via Lumiere. Waddell was one of the main architects of the plan.

The company recently struck a deal with L.A. producers Barry Spikings and Eric Pleskow for three big-budget movies, and intends when fully operational to make three to five smaller-budget films a year. It is also looking to pick up other movies for international distribution.

Waddell’s surprise departure leaves Initial chief Jean Cazes to fill in as Lumiere’s interim CEO until a replacement can be found. Both sides were anxious to stress that their parting was entirely amicable, and arose from no professional problems between them.

Popular on Variety

“I had wanted to take a break from the industry for a while, and although no time is perfect, this moment will be least disruptive to Lumiere,” said Waddell. “Jean and I spoke at length on how to handle this transition and I will be on hand for a short period to assist in whatever way I can.”

More Film

  • My Zoe

    'My Zoe': Film Review

    There are two films in Julie Delpy’s ambitious, sharply-made but unbalanced “My Zoe.” There’s the scabrous relationship melodrama, about bitter exes sharing custody of a beloved child, which contains the story’s most potent emotions. And there’s the sci-fi-inflected ethical-dilemma grief movie, which houses its most provocative ideas. Both have much to recommend them, not least [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    The Big Lie of 'Richard Jewell' (Column)

    For a man who was so enraged at the administration of Barack Obama that he spent his 2012 Republican Convention speech lecturing an empty chair, Clint Eastwood has made a number of conventional, level-headed — one might even say liberal — political dramas. Films like “Invictus” and “J. Edgar” and “Midnight in the Garden of [...]

  • Oscar Isaac Star Wars The Rise

    Oscar Isaac Has Never Felt Like a 'Star Wars' Insider

    Unlike his “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” co-stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, Oscar Isaac had already established a long and acclaimed acting career before J.J. Abrams cast him as ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” including standout roles in 2006’s “The Nativity Story” and 2011’s “Drive,” and [...]

  • Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects

    Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects by Jonas Alexander Arnby, Agnieszka Smoczyńska

    Denmark’s Jonas Alexander Arnby, France’s Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska are among up-and-coming directors from across Europe whose latest projects will be presented at the 11th Coproduction Village of Les Arcs Film Festival. This edition of Les Arcs Coproduction Village will showcase a total of 22 European projects spanning 19 countries. [...]

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    'Chez Jolie Coiffure': Film Review

    Shortly before the credits roll on “Chez Jolie Coiffure,” a customer in the eponymous hair salon asks her stylist, Sabine, if she has any plans to go home this year. Out of context, this sounds like the kind of standard, empty small talk one often makes while having one’s hair cut: what good movies you’ve [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content