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Nu Image @ 20

Avi Lerner
(Chairman and co-founder)
Nu Image’s hard-driving negotiator has produced hundreds of movies, mostly in the action realm. Born in Israel, he managed Tel Aviv’s first drive-in before diving into homevideo distribution in 1979. Exec-produced “King Solomon’s Mines” in 1984 and relocated to South Africa, where he founded Nu Metro Entertainment Group. Moved to Hollywood in 1992 with partners Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short and Danny Lerner and established Nu Image with a focus on straight-to-video product. Launched theatrical production arm, Millennium Films, in 1996.

Trevor Short
CFO and co-founder
Short oversees legal and finance operations for the company. Born in Zimbabwe, he worked in mergers and acquisitions in South Africa before moving into movie financing there. He advised the government on film incentive legislation, and in 1989 became chief executive of Lerner’s Nu Metro Entertainment Group. Moved with Lerner to L.A. after they sold Nu Metro.

 

Mark Gill
President Millennium Films
The former Miramax and Warner Independent exec became president of Nu Image’s theatrical division in July 2011, after the Film Department, the indie film company he led and co-founded, shuttered due to financial problems. The exec, who had a hand in “March of the Penguins,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “In the Bedroom” earlier in his career, is charged with upgrading the company’s theatrical slate. He has already brought more order to the famously chaotic operation, and persuaded his thrifty bosses to upgrade their Wilshire Boulevard offices.

Boaz Davidson
Head of development and creative affairs
Davidson, a Tel Aviv native, joined Nu Image in 1992, writing and directing films while overseeing the company’s productions. He oversaw the production of “Going Bananas” and “Delta Force” at Cannon Films before joining Nu Image, where he has overseen the production of “The Expendables,” “Rambo IV” and “The Iceman” for its Millennium Films banner.

 

John Thompson
Head of production
Thompson worked in the Italian film industry in the 1980s and ’90s before taking charge of Millennium productions in 1998. At Millennium, he has produced or co-produced “Prozac Nation,” “The Mechanic,” “The Expendables” and “The Big Wedding.”

 

 

John Fremes
President of international
Fremes oversees international sales and distribution in the wake of co-founder Danny Dimbort’s exit. He joined Nu Image in January, having previously served as president of worldwide distribution for Essential Entertainment and stints at Element Films Intl. and Fusion Intl. Sales Corp.

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