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Daniel Battsek to Lead Channel 4’s Movie Division Film4

Daniel Battsek to Lead Channel 4's
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LONDON — Daniel Battsek is to be director of Channel 4’s movie division Film4, following the news that David Kosse is to step down to join STX Entertainment.

Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the U.K. from New York after fulfilling his contract as president of Cohen Media Group. Previously, Battsek was president of National Geographic Films, and before that he was president of filmed entertainment at Miramax Films. Kosse will continue working for Film4 during the transition period on a consultancy basis until October.

Battsek will inherit Film4’s increased spend of £25 million ($35.2 million) for the year, announced by Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham in February, with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of funding in future years.

Film4 will continue to seek out partnerships like those announced with Fox Searchlight and FP Films in February, which allow the company to take a greater stake in certain projects.

Film4’s development slate includes new work from Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Bart Layton, Garth Davis and Mike Leigh, as well as completed or near completed films from Andrea Arnold, Ben Wheatley, Ang Lee, Paddy Considine, John Cameron Mitchell, acclaimed theater director Benedict Andrews, and Danny Boyle.

Abraham commented: “Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker-driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the U.S. and U.K. markets, are second to none. He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the U.K.”

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Battsek added: “I am hugely honored to have been offered this opportunity. My career began with so many of Film4’s early productions and I have retained strong ties with British filmmakers throughout my time in the U.S. Joining Film4 feels almost like coming full circle. I look forward to returning to the U.K. and putting the experience I’ve gained on both sides of the Atlantic to good use.”