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PARK CITY, Utah — Former USA Films exec Peter Kalmbach has joined New York-based financing and production company Winter Films as senior VP of production.
Based in Winter’s Los Angeles office, Kalmbach will be responsible for finding feature film projects with new and established talent and seeing them through production.
Headed by former video and commercials producer Michael Kahn, Winter closed a $25 million private equity investment to fund overhead and provide production financing for its film slate.
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“I look forward to getting back to my production roots with Michael Kahn,” Kalmbach said. “He thinks big and has aggressive plans to make a combination of both studio-minded and independent films, and with his strong financial backing, we can make Winter Films’ development and production slate a reality.”
Kahn said, “We are very excited to have Peter join the team. His relationships with filmmakers and experience in the marketplace will be a tremendous addition to the Winter Films team and our ability to increase film production.”
Kalmbach joined October Films in 1995 and was involved in the acquisition of Robert Duvall’s “The Apostle,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Celebration,” Tony Bui’s “Three Seasons,” the 1999 Palme d’Or winner “Rosetta” and 2001 Sundance entry “Series 7.”
On the production side, Kalmbach oversaw Brad Anderson’s digital horror flick “Session 9” for USA Films as well as Anderson’s first-look deal with Zentropa Films’ Chillers division. Kalmbach also co-produced Michael Seitzman’s 1994 film “Farmer and Chase,” starring Lara Flynn Boyle and Todd Field.
Winter is currently in post on the romantic comedy “Ropewalk,” starring Peter Facinelli. Company also recently optioned worldwide rights to the romantic psychological thriller novel “Heartbreaker,” by bestselling author Julie Garwood.