Just in time for Cannes, veteran international sales exec Brian O’Shea has ankled Media 8 to head a foreign sales division launched by Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete’s Odd Lot Entertainment.
O’Shea will serve as exec VP of worldwide distribution for Odd Lot Intl., which will distribute films produced by Odd Lot and genre horror label Dark Lot. New international division also will look to acquire outside titles, as well as libraries.
The L.A.-based Odd Lot Entertainment, founded in 2001, also announced it has upped Laura Ivey to exec VP of business affairs, operations and finance, and Linda McDonough to exec VP of production and development.
At Media 8, O’Shea was senior VP of worldwide distribution, responsible for all licensing and sales. Before that, he was senior VP, worldwide sales, First Look Intl.
O’Shea has handled rights to pics including “Monster,” “The Upside of Anger,” “Running Scared” and “Waking Ned Devine.” He played a key role in sealing domestic distrib deals, as well as buying films for worldwide distribution, including 2005 Sundance entry “Pretty Persuasion.”
“We are going to hit the ground running in Cannes with a number of films we will be selling. These are films we will be producing,” said O’Shea, adding the Cannes slate will be announced soon.
Odd Lot and Dark Lot have several films in various stages of pre-production and production, including the film adaptation of bestseller “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” directed and adapted by Marc Klein; horror pic “Zero Dark Thirty” from “The Grudge” scribe Stephen Susco; and “Lavender Hill,” to be directed by Dean Parisot.
Past productions include Sony’s “The Wedding Planner,” Paramount Classics’ “Mean Creek” and indie release “Green Street Hooligans.”