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Jones ankles Mission Pictures

Co-founder returns to production roots

LONDON — Co-founder Damian Jones is leaving Mission Pictures, the Brit production company whose upcoming movies include Danny Boyle’s “Millions” and John McKay’s “Piccadilly Jim.”

Jones will get a two-year, non-exclusive production deal with Mission, which was founded in 2001 when Andrew Hauptman and Ellen Bronfman’s Andell Entertainment bought Dragon Pictures, the shingle of Jones and his producing partner Graham Broadbent.

“I feel more at home as a creative hands-on producer than I do as a production executive,” Jones said. “I’m sure that Mission will be an increasing force, both here and in the States, and I hope that several of my films will be an important part of their slate.”

Mission chairman Hauptman commented, “I’m pleased that we are able to facilitate Damian’s ambitions and look forward to an even stronger relationship with him over the coming years.”

At Dragon, Jones was based in Los Angeles for several years, producing pics such as “A Texas Funeral,” “Gridlock’d” and “Splendor” before re-locating back to London.

Since founding Mission, the company has completed Peter Hewitt’s family comedy “Thunderpants” and the sword-and-sandal spoof “Gladiatress,” with “Millions” in post. Next up will be “Piccadilly Jim,” starring Sam Rockwell, and Mark Mylod’s “A Romantic Comedy About Divorce.”

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