Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ealing Metro Created



LONDON, April 19, 2011- Ealing Studios, the oldest film studio in the world (ST TRINIAN’S franchise, EASY VIRTUE, BURKE & HARE), and leading film financier, Prescience (THE KINGS SPEECH, 360, HARRY BROWN) have merged their respective sales divisions to create new international sales and distribution company Ealing Metro.

The new joint venture will focus on the international sales and distribution of quality, commercial films for the global marketplace, ranging from star-driven US independent productions to intelligent British and European movies and genre product targeted at core theatrical audiences. The company will be unveiling its new slate in the run up to Cannes.

Ealing Metro combines the unique production (Ealing Studios), financing (Prescience) and sales expertise (Metropolis International Sales, Ealing Studios International,) of its parent companies to offer a fully integrated service for filmmakers.

With access to Prescience’s film funds including the Aegis Film Fund and the Metropolis Media EIS Fund, Ealing Metro will work with independent producers to help develop and finance projects so that, along with Ealing Studios’ own feature film productions, Ealing Metro can sell a greatly enhanced slate of commercial films.

Will Machin (Ealing Studios International, Thinkfilm, Lolafilms, Capitol Films), has been appointed Head of Ealing Metro, reporting to Tim Smith and James Spring, joint CEO’s of Ealing Metro. Machin’s sales team will be spear-headed by top execs, Natalie Brenner (Ealing Studios International, Element X, Film 4, J&M) and James Scott (Metropolis, Odyssey).

Barnaby Thompson, Head of Ealing Studios and Paul Brett, Director and Head of Production of Prescience will serve on the board of Ealing Metro alongside Spring and Smith.

Ealing Metro’s current slate includes upcoming productions TRAP FOR CINDERELLA, a dramatic thriller directed by Iain Softley; NINA, a biopic of the legendary Nina Simone starring Mary J Blige and thriller BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY starring Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Garner. Completed titles include THE GUARD, CHALET GIRL and BURKE & HARE and theatrical documentaries LENNONNYC, PAGE1 and BOBBY FISCHER.

Will Machin, Head of Ealing Metro said:
“To be launching such an exciting new venture with the wealth of talent and experience that we have at Ealing Metro is a great honour. The combined resources of our parent companies allows us to produce, finance and sell films of the highest quality giving us a unique advantage in the international film community. “

Tim Smith, Managing Director of Prescience & Joint CEO of Ealing Metro commented:
“The formation of Ealing Metro makes today a truly special day in the relatively short history of Prescience. We have enjoyed an increasingly close working relationship with Ealing Studios over the production and worldwide distribution of five films in five years.
Today we intend to build on those rock solid foundations with a series of exciting, prestigious and, most importantly, commercial films.”

James Spring, Managing Director of Ealing Studios & Joint CEO of Ealing Metro said:
" This partnership brings together a great sales team combined with a lot of resources and the ability to fully finance pictures. This is very exciting as it means that a truly British film company is now able to compete on a global scale."

Barnaby Thompson, Head of Ealing Studios, added:
“We have known and worked with Tim and Paul for some time. They have a unique combination of business experience, creative taste and respect for filmmakers, which makes them great partners. They are also fun at parties.”

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