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Trio of Canuck film vets maps out 49th Parallel

Segal, Hoban, Mellows form Toronto-based prod'n co.

MONTREAL — Three Canuck film veterans — Noah Segal, Steve Hoban and Philip Mellows — have joined to form pic production company 49th Parallel (referring to the border between Canada and the U.S.).

The Toronto-based company will produce features budgeted between $4 million and $15 million, as well as TV series.

The first pic from 49th Parallel will be “Nothing,” to be directed by To-ronto helmer Vincenzo Natali (“Cube”). Pic is already fully financed, with backers including Senator Intl. in Germany and Japan’s the Klockworx Co. It starts pre-production in early 2002.

Also on the 49th Parallel slate is “Ryan,” a computer-animated short pic from helmer Chris Landreth.

Segal most recently was exec VP of worldwide marketing at Canadian film company Lions Gate Films. He also worked as a senior exec at BMG Music and Malofilm Communications.

Hoban is a seasoned producer whose most recent pic was the bloody werewolf thriller “Ginger Snaps.” He also produced “Cyberworld,” an animated Imax 3-D film.

Mellows is president of the Players Film Co., one of Canada’s top TV commercial producers.

“We will utilize the resources avail-able to Canadian producers as much as possible,” Hoban said. “But we will never limit the potential of any project by making an element Canadian if the better creative choice is non-Canadian.

“Our relationships with interna-tional financiers and distributors will allow us to produce a steady mix of homegrown and treaty co-productions as well as productions that are com-pletely non-Canadian in content.”

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