Galano to top New Line Intl.

London office shuttered

CANNES — Camela Galano, currently exec VP and European supervisor of New Line Intl., has been promoted to president of New Line Intl. effective Aug. 15.

Galano will continue to report directly to Rolf Mittweg, president and chief operating officer of worldwide distribution and marketing for New Line Cinema, and will relocate to Los Angeles from her current base at New Line’s London office to commence her new post.

Her promotion comes on the heels of increased responsibilities for Mittweg as part of New Line’s corporate revamp which saw him add oversight worldwide for homevideo, TV and biz affairs.

Company also announced the shuttering of New Line’s London office, although Fine Line is keeping its strong London presence with Ileen Maisel and Alexandra Rossi based in the Warner Bros. U.K. office.

Galano, who has been exec veep for the company since 1998, joined New Line in 1986 to help create the international division with Mittweg.

“This promotion is an extension of a partnership Cam and I have shared since 1986,” Mittweg said. “We have been working side by side for 15 years and we have successfully led and grown this division together. I would trust no one else with the responsibility of leading the department.”

New Line plans to debut the first installment of the “Lord of the Ring” trilogy, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” on Dec. 19 worldwide with the exception of a few territories.

Global distribution partners are previewing selected footage at New Line events during the film festival (see story, page 2).

“Everyone is excited by the footage they’ve seen in Cannes and we’re gearing up for the release,” added Mittweg. “We have one teaser trailer out and another to run with ‘Pearl Harbor’ and we’ll be announcing a series of major promotional partners in the next few weeks.”

New Line Intl. currently has output deals in most major European territories that are coming to a close this year.

Distribution partners include Kinowelt in Germany and Svensk in Scandinavia, Turkey and Greece, which expire at the end of the year, Metropolitan Filmexport in France.

In Italy, New Line sells packages of pix to distribs Medusa and Nexo and similarly uses multiple distribs in Benelux. The company is also expected to announce shortly an extension of its long-term distribution pact in the U.K. with Entertainment.

During her tenure at New Line, Galano has been instrumental in the formation of Fine Line Intl., and also launched the studio’s London office in 1995.

Since relocating to London in 1995, she has been the studio’s chief liaison between distribution partners and filmmakers in Europe and South Africa, advising on all matters from marketing and publicity to consulting on roll-outs and release strategies. New Line Intl.’s worldwide box office successes have included “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “Seven”, “The Mask,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “Rush Hour.”

Galano has also helped Mittweg shepherd a number of film projects, including Francois Girard’s Academy Award-winning “The Red Violin,” Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho” and James Gray’s “Little Odessa.”