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M’max exec hangs out film shingle

Herwitz's banner to rep pics seeking domestic distrib'n

NEW YORK — Miramax co-head of acquisitions Andrew Herwitz will ankle the studio at the end of the month to set up his own sales shingle, the Film Sales Co.

Gotham-based banner will rep films seeking North American distribution. Herwitz’s mandate will be to put foreign sales agents, producers and directors together with domestic distribs. He also will help match American independent filmmakers with U.S. distribs.

A regular on the fest circuit, Herwitz played a key role in Miramax’s acquisitions of such films as “In the Bedroom,” “Iron Monkey,” “The Others,” “Baran,” “Iris” and “Italian for Beginners.”

Agnes Mentre, exec VP of acquisitions and co-productions, remains Miramax’s head of acquisitions.

“Andrew has been a tremendous asset to the company,” said Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “He has a great eye and is a superb deal-maker who can structure and close complex transactions with incredible speed. We are sure he will be successful in this new venture and wish him the best of luck.”

Herwitz said, “I have learned so much from working for Harvey and Bob and with the other amazingly talented and dedicated people at Miramax. I certainly feel well prepared to start this new business and represent emerging filmmakers, as well as many of the directors and producers I have come to know over the past several years. It certainly will be interesting to sit on the other side of the table from Miramax.”

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