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Sony Pictures Adds Diego Suarez, Matthew Stein for International Production

Aiming to bolster offshore production, Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired Diego Suarez as a senior VP of international TV production and Matthew Stein as VP of international film production.

Both will report to Sanford Panitchwho was hired in April from Fox as president of international film and television. Suarez and Stein will acquire and develop local and international film and TV content with key international production partners.

Suarez had been working at Fox21 Television Studios, where he was senior VP of creative affairs, focusing on cable programming development with an international angle. He worked on “The Queen of the South,” based on the Spanish bestseller, to air on USA in January; “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” based on the 1988 film from Pedro Almodovar; and “Hamelin,” written by Spanish filmmaker Paco Plaza.

Suarez has also worked at Fox International Channels, Italy; at Spain’s Boca Boca Producciones; and Cuatrocabezas (Eyeworks).

Stein has worked as an independent producer and as exec VP of production at Dimension Films, where he oversaw production and development. He helped to supervise more than 30 films at Dimension, including the Scream, Spy Kids, Halloween and Piranha franchises.

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