Intermedia & Roadshow link

Oz-based Village Roadshow Pictures and Intermedia Film Equities are pooling their international sales efforts in a joint venture called Village Intermedia Pictures.

Debuting next month at the Cannes Film Festival, VIP will handle the international sales and distribution of all feature films from the Village and Intermedia groups of companies.

Intermedia is the year-old production/financing/distribution company based in Beverly Hills and London, and run by Guy East and Nigel Sinclair. East will head the London-based company, taking on the title of chairman; and Tim Haslam, previously Intermedia’s prexy of distribution, has been appointed president of VIP.

“Our aim is to make VIP one of the strongest and most important international suppliers of independent films, and it is my belief that this venture will provide a significant stimulus for increased independent production,” East said.

“Something we found looking at Village Roadshow, is that they had evolved toward the concept of the production label, which is built around a key talent force in the business, like Dustin Hoffman, who wants to produce movies and have some independence,” Intermedia co-chairman Sinclair said. “This is an approach that we believe in, and have expressed in our relationships with Mirage, Scott Free, Dark Horse and our other labels.”

Village Roadshow Intl. prexy Bobby Meyers continues in his sales role for VIP as well as acquisitions for Village Roadshow. Kirk D’Amico, recently tapped to head worldwide TV sales for VR, remains on the TV side.

The Village Roadshow group includes theater chains in Australia, Asia and Europe.

VR has three films set to start this year from its co-production joint venture inked last year with Hoffman’s Punch Prods. The three-year deal, announced last year at Cannes, gives the actor full financing and a worldwide sales force for a slate of six pics.

East and Sinclair have developed co-production joint ventures with such companies as Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Enterprises, Ridley & Tony Scott’s Scott Free, Michel Seydoux’s Camera One and Ruth Jackson’s West Eleven Films. The company brings a current slate of four films to the venture with Village Roadshow.

“Guy and Nigel are the A team,” Village Roadshow Pictures prexy Greg Coote told Daily Variety. “They have developed partnerships with an impressive group of filmmakers.