LONDON — Kirk D’Amico’s Myriad Pictures is closing its London-based sales operations and will run its sales and distribution activities from its HQ in Los Angeles.
But it will keep its U.K. production base under head of international production Marion Pilowsky.
London-based senior VP of international distribution Samantha Horley and sales exec Alice Weston will represent Myriad at Cannes next month, after which a new sales chief will be appointed in L.A.
“With the uncertainly that now surrounds production finance in the U.K., coupled with London’s normally high overhead costs and the fluctuating exchange rate, it has been necessary to streamline our U.K. operation,” D’Amico said.
“We have the greatest respect for our London team, including Samantha Horley and Alice Weston, and we look forward to working with them again in the future. For the next few weeks, they will help us to transition a number of activities to Los Angeles as we move forward,” D’Amico said.
Myriad has suffered a number of setbacks recently, including the mauling its pic “Imagining Argentina” received from the critics at the Venice festival and “River King’s” failure to be approved as an Anglo-Canadian co-production.
Nonetheless, Myriad’s London office has had a prolific couple of years under Pilowsky, setting up pics including “Piccadilly Jim,” “Trauma,” “Kinsey,” “Being Julia” and “One Last Chance,” as well as “River King.” D’Amico said he expects to continue that level of production activity.