Senator elects Himel, Jack as VPs

Both fill newly created positions

HOLLYWOOD — Production and distribution operation Senator Intl. has tapped Paula Himel VP of sales and Brent Jack VP of international marketing, both newly created positions that will report to Senator Intl. president Joe Drake.

Himel will spearhead overseas sales and distribution and play a key role in the company’s acquisition efforts. She also will work closely with Senator Entertainment prexy Carsten Lorenz, who is responsible for all of Senator’s Stateside production activities.

A 12-year industry veteran, Himel spent six years with buyers rep Intl. Film Office as exec VP of acquisitions. She oversaw the acquisition of more than 150 titles for her clients, including “The Blair Witch Project,” “Happiness,” “Family Man” and “Rush Hour.” Prior to IFO, she spent five years as director of international sales at the Movie Group.

Branding strategies

Jack will oversee the division’s corporate branding and film-specific marketing strategies for the company’s slate, which includes Luis Mandoki’s “24 Hours” and the award-winning “Das Experiment.”

Reuniting with Drake after tenures together at Lions Gate Entertainment and Rysher Entertainment, Jack joins Senator following three years with Lions Gate as director of international marketing. He was responsible for developing and implementing marketing campaigns on more than 40 films, including “American Psycho,” “Shadow of the Vampire” and “Amores Perros.”

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