EXCLUSIVE: Bold Films has hired a veteran business affairs exec and promoted two others inside its Los Angeles-based production offices. The moves come after the company expanded its senior creative team in Los Angeles by two earlier this year and opened a UK office where it hired another two executives. The company behind Nightcrawler and Whiplash is gearing up for another slate of films after the success of those movies.
To that end, Karen Barna has been hired as senior VP of business and legal affairs after serving at Summit for 10 years. The company also promoted Pili Allen to manager, marketing and Kate Ritter to creative executive. Barna, who will report to Bold CEO Gary Michael Walters, will oversee all business and legal matters for the company, focusing on feature film development, acquisition and production.
During her tenure at Summit, Barna was involved in the Twilight and Red franchises, among other development and production projects. Allen’s promotion comes after one year at Bold Films; he previously worked at WME for two-plus years. Ritter moved to Bold in May of 2014 after three years at Mandalay Pictures.
In February, Bold Films expanded its senior creative team in L.A. with the hiring of Lisa Zambri and Jon Oakes, both as SVP Production and Development. In addition, it opened a London office and hired two more executives.
The company’s upcoming slate includes: John Erick Dowdle’s action thriller No Escape, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell which will be released on August 26th by the Weinstein Company, and they are co-financing Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Production also began in May for Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller Shot Caller which stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick and Lake Bell.