New biz boss for Mutual

Company taps industry vet Suddleson

Mutual Film Co. has appointed Eric Suddleson as head of business and legal affairs.

Suddleson is charged with overseeing all of Mutual’s business and legal operations encompassing the company’s film production, distribution and international sales activities.

Sources said that Suddleson’s appointment was the first of a series of senior hirings as part of an overall restructuring of the company.

Mutual, which is headed by Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn, both produces its own films and splits rights with studios on their product. The company has a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

As part of a complex equity financing/participation deal, Mutual has four foreign partners: the BBC (U.K.), UGC (France), TeleMunchen (Germany) and Toho Towa/Marubeni (Japan). The company’s sales division, Mutual Film Intl., sells its pics to indie distribs in other territories.

Prior to Mutual, Suddleson was senior VP and general counsel at Banner Entertainment. He also spent two years as an entertainment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers.

His appointment comes in the wake of the departure of Mutual’s former business affairs chief, Robert Leger, although the company said that Suddleson was not directly replacing Leger.