Ollie Madden: Barely nine months in the job, the Warners production VP has hit the ground running with half a dozen projects, including a “Paddington Bear” movie, “Skulduggery Pleasant” and Johnny Depp’s project about poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
Ileen Maisel: Senior VP of Euro production at New Line, Maisel is responsible for bringing in and then shepherding “The Golden Compass” and “Inkheart,” both intended to be the first installments of trilogies.
Christian Grass: The former Fox distribution/marketing topper will now head U’s new international production operation in London.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner: The co-chairmen of Universal’s Working Title get more ridiculously successful every year, offering the model all the other studios wish they could imitate. This year alone has brought “Atonement,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “Hot Fuzz” and “Mr. Bean’s Holiday.”
Robert Jones: Head of Material Entertainment, the U.K. joint venture between New Line and Entertainment Film Distributors. Debut pic “Run, Fat Boy, Run” is a smash in Blighty.
Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier: Sony has struck an overall deal with their Marv Films in the hope of finally cracking the tricky U.K. market.
David Heyman: The “Harry Potter” producer has a long-standing overall deal with Warner, where he has numerous projects in development, including “Paddington Bear.” But he also produced “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” for Miramax this year.
Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich: Their DNA Films is backed by Fox Searchlight, and its pics — “Notes on a Scandal,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Sunshine,” “28 Weeks Later,” “The History Boys” — were the reason Searchlight grossed more in foreign than it did domestically in the past year.
Alison Thompson: As the prexy of Focus Features Intl., she spearheads the U specialty arm’s Euro slate, which includes Martin McDonagh’s “In Bruges,” Neil Marshall’s “Doomsday,” David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises” and Bharat Nalluri’s “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.”