A year and a half into its existence, Haim Saban’s distribution company Saban Films has brought an indie film veteran on board to head its Business and Legal Affairs department. Coming from his in-house counsel role at Alchemy, David Wardle has taken up the VP Business and Legal Affairs role.

David Wardle_COLOR“It’s an honor to welcome David to the Saban group, who comes to us with a wealth of experience representing studios, financiers and producers both in-house and as outside counsel,” said company president Bill Bromiley of the former First Look Studios lawyer. “We look forward to continuing to build a sharp and successful team here as we expand our slate.”

Saban formed Saban Films in May 2014 with the intent to pick up eight to 10 feature films annually for North American distribution. Former RLJ Entertainment exec Bromiley has been there from the start. Jonathan Saba joined as VP Marketing and Azniv Taschyan as VP Finance in July last year.

Having already started at Saban, Loeb & Loeb’s film finance group alum Wardle will report directly to Bromiley and CFO Shanan Becker. Besides focusing on acquisitions deals for the company, Wardle will also be in charge of the daily legal needs of Saban Films and a variety of distribution transactions, marketing and promotional duties.

Saban Films has the Simon Pegg and Lake Bell comedy Man Up coming out next month. Its upcoming slate also includes The Trust and USS Indianapolis, both starring Nicolas Cage; I Am Wrath with John Travolta; and Backtrack with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill.