SKE moves sales ops west

Sierra to handle foreign sales

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has engaged former Paramount Vantage prexy Nick Meyer’s new shingle Sierra Pictures to handle foreign sales on the company’s films.

The move effectively transfers SKE’s sales operations from New York to Los Angeles.

Gotham-based Kimmel Intl. head Mark Lindsay has ankled the company.

Housed in SKE’s BevHills headquarters, Sierra will sell and service SKE’s library and upcoming slate.

The SKE product will be exclusive to Sierra, though the new shingle also will handle titles from other producers/financiers down the road. “This is the first shiny spoke in the wheel,” Meyer told Daily Variety.

SKE said in a statement that the consolidation will help the company focus on its core business of developing, financing and producing. SKE’s prexy of creative affairs Bingham Ray now spends about two-thirds of his time in L.A.

Prior to his time at Paramount Vantage, Meyer ran Lionsgate’s foreign sales division.

“Nick has a stellar track record in the foreign sales business. … We couldn’t be more pleased that we can be a ground-floor tenant in his new enterprise,” SKE prexy Jim Tauber said.

SKE has financed and produced 18 features since Kimmel founded the company in 2004, including Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” and Greg Mottola’s “Adventureland.”

SKE’s most recent project is a remake of its 2006 comedy “Death at a Funeral,” toplined by Chris Rock for Screen Gems.