Former Soviet President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev is to be the subject of a biopic from Fábrica de Cine and Cinema for Peace. Mexico City- and LA-based Fabrica de Cine recently produced Martin Scorsese’s Silence which Paramount is releasing. It’s headed by Gaston Pavlovich who is a producer on Silence and has also worked with Gorbachev in Latin America. Gorbachev has given his consent to the producers for a feature film about the glasnost and perestroika proponent’s personal journey through the end of the Cold War. Gorbachev was the first and last President of the Soviet Union, serving from March 1990 until the union’s dissolution in 1991 after having been General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union since 1985. I’m told this is not related to the project that HBO Films began developing in 2013. Fabrica’s prior projects include co-financing Tom Hanks-starrer A Hologram For The King.
Managing Director Red Arrow UK and Global Scripted Strategy, James Baker has been promoted to President of Red Arrow Entertainment Group. He will expand his brief to managing the group’s global production operations, strategic initiatives and expansion plans. The move follows the recent announcement that Red Arrow Chairman and CEO Jan Frouman will become a member of the Executive Board at ProSiebenSat.1 Media with direct responsibility for the newly established Executive Board division, Content & Broadcasting. Red Arrow includes 15 production companies across six countries, alongside global distributor Red Arrow International.
Svensk Filmindustri has appointed Jenny Stjernströmer Björk as Chief Content Officer and Elsa Berg as EVP Business Operations. Stjernströmer Björk will take on overall content responsibility for the Nordic major while Berg will focus on the financing of acquisitions and co-productions as well as business development. Svensk is looking to further develop its co-productions activities and produce more English language films with top Scandinavian talent. It recently set Swedish director Babak Najafi to helm Horizon Line and signed an exclusive output agreement with FLX, the company behind hit Swedish pic and Oscar nominee The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. Svensk handles the films of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros in Denmark, Finland, and Norway; and MGM in the Nordics. It also has output deals with indies including StudioCanal and STX Entertainment.