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Capitol, ThinkFilm Intl. stay apart

Barclay focuses on mainstream fare

BERLIN — Capitol Films chairman David Bergstein has confirmed that his company will operate two separate foreign sales divisions, one under the Capitol banner and the other as ThinkFilm Intl.

Capitol, run by managing director Jane Barclay, will focus exclusively on mainstream movies with high-profile cast and directors, while ThinkFilm Intl. will concentrate on more specialized, edgier fare..

Both divisions will handle a greater volume of movies at a bigger budget level than they did previously.

As part of the reorganization and expansion, Eve Schoukroun, formerly head of sales of Capitol, has been tapped as head of ThinkFilm Intl., based in London. She reports to ThinkFilm’s senior VP Randy Manis, and will work closely with David Fenkel, the company’s New York-based VP, international sales.

At Capitol, James Norrie has been promoted to head of sales, with Sofia Neves upped to director of sales, and Rosana Cutinho joining as sales executive.

The two sales divisions will share some back-office functions, but otherwise will operate independently of each other, with their own sales teams, slates and mandates.

“Capitol now operates two of the strongest brands in independent film, and in an ever-evolving marketplace both divisions are perfectly placed to serve and adapt to the needs of international distributors in their respective segments,” Bergstein said.

ThinkFilm Intl.’s slate includes Ethan Hawke’s “The Hottest State,” Robinson Deevor’s “Zoo” and Sean Fine and Andrea Nix’s “War/Dance,” Sundance winner for documentary director.

Capitol is currently pre-selling the romantic drama “The Best Time of Our Lives,” starring Keira Knightley and Lindsay Lohan.

“In a more polarized marketsplace, a focus on larger budget, more star-driven productions makes perfect commercial sense for both Capitol and its stable of distribution partners,” Barclay said.

Regarding the expansion of ThinkFilm Intl. Manis commented, “This is the next logical step in the evolution of ThinkFilm Intl. as we move to improve the level of product and to handle bigger budgeted films.”

Schoukroun added, “We believe there are buyers in every territory whose needs are not being adequately met. By identifying the right projects — and casting them creatively — we will fill a void in the marketplace.”

Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Bergstein bought Capitol a year ago, and acquired ThinkFilm last October.

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