I don’t have any official confirmation yet. But my sources tell me that Miramax president Daniel Battsek has landed. He has been in quiet negotiations to assume the top post at National Geographic Films because Adam Leipzig, who has been president for the past six years, wants to leave to return to his producing roots. And my sources say Battsek has just closed the deal to become president of National Geographic Films. Leipzig, who is staying until mid-March, leaves behind a rich legacy in addition to the 2nd highest grossing documentary of all time March Of The Penguins which he bought for $1 million. Leipzig will be producing for National Geographic Films, of course. Battsek is a great piece of manpower and I’m glad he snagged his new job so quickly after Disney eviscerated Miramax.
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