Daniel Battsek
Paul Tait
United Kingdom
2019

Film4

Daniel
Battsek

Chair, Film London / Director, Film4

Coming off the success of Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” which scored 10 Oscar nominations and won its lead, Olivia Colman, her first statuette, Battsek continues with Film4’s brand of multi-layered auteur moviemaking. With an annual budget of £25 million ($32.2 million), Film4 champions both British and international filmmakers in its global partnerships, backing a number of debut features in order to foster the next generation. The company has become an awards-season staple, with Oscar winners including best pictures “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years a Slave.” Upcoming are Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” and Edgar Wright’s psychological horror “Last Night in Soho.” Battsek, who has said he loves “anything that takes the audience by surprise,” became chair of British screen agency Film London in 2017.

Career

  • Miramax
  • Film4
  • Cohen Media Group

Education

  • Oxford Brookes University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Daniel Battsek to Lead Channel 4's Movie Division Film4

Daniel Battsek to Lead Channel 4's Movie Division Film4

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...

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