Phoenix inks Dubinet for o’seas sales

'Potter,' 'Pathfinder,' 'Assassins,' 'Autumn' among sold titles

This article was corrected on May 22, 2003.

CANNES — Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures has sealed a deal with veteran Hollywood film sales agent Ann Dubinet to sell foreign sales rights to select titles on its upcoming development slate.

Relationship, which is expected to be ongoing, has kicked off at the Cannes Film Festival with four titles:

  • “Miss Potter,” a biopic of British children’s author Beatrix Potter, to star Cate Blanchett as Potter for helmer Bruce Beresford.

  • “Pathfinder,” helmer Nils Gaup’s remake of his Oscar-nominated Norwegian action-suspenser, which unlike the original will be set in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland.

  • “Official Assassins,” the Paul Verhoeven-directed post-WWII thriller set in Berlin, involving Russian and American intelligence agencies.

  • “Black Autumn,” a psychological horror story to be produced through Phoenix-based Underground Films. Michael Apted is being eyed to helm pic, which concerns a headstrong young woman who discovers that her prestigious prep school for girls is run by a coven of witches.

Hausfater a consultant

Jere Hausfater, former Intermedia president of worldwide distribution/acquisitions who departed the company after the formation of Intermedia and Summit Entertainment’s I.S. Film Distribution, is understood to be working as a consultant with Dubinet on the Phoenix slate.

Before working with Phoenix, Dubinet teamed up with London-based sales company IAC Holdings in April 2000 to open an L.A. office; that relationship subsequently fell apart.

At that time, she continued to run her own company Alchemy Entertainment, a joint venture with producer Martin Bregman.

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