The Weinstein Company has upped Negeen Yazdi to president of International Production and Dan Guando to EVP Acquisitions, Production & Development. Both had been instrumental in spearing big fish for TWC on the acquisitions side, including the company’s current multiple Oscar nominee The Imitation Game. Neither will have much time to celebrate though as both are at the Sundance Film Festival combing for deals in a sellers’ market.
Yazdi, who had been TWC’s EVP Europe, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, recently oversaw production on Woman In Gold, Tulip Fever and Adam Jones. Her acquisitions include Imitation Game, Macbeth, Carol and Lion, and she was involved in landing Esio Trot and Peaky Blinders on the TV side. The onetime Universal Pictures International exec will continue to rep TWC at festivals and markets and growing the company’s slate out of Europe.
Guando, a 10-year company veteran after porting over from Miramax and most recently SVP, oversaw acquisitions of The Artist, Philomena, Fruitvale Station, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, Begin Again, Bull, Snowpiercer, Blue Valentine, Lion and Sing Street. He will remain in the NY office, stay on at fests and markets and take on a management role on the film and TV production slates.
Both will work with Robert Walak, Managing Director Europe, and Julie Rapaport, SVP Production & Development in LA, to oversee creative departments at the company.
“Negeen and Dan have a brilliant eye for the exact caliber of film and television content that fits with the TWC name,” said co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO David Glasser today in a relaese. “We’re so proud to have had them here over the years, and look forward to continuing the journey with them in acquiring and producing great entertainment.”