Here in London, Christian Grass’s move from being co-CEO of Focus Features International, and instead having to report to Universal’s international head David Kosse, is being regarded as a step down. The official line is that it’s merely a sideways move. Grass is going from running FFI with James Schamus to overseas distribution, which has released most of the films he’s overseen anyway. Not that you’ve heard of many of them. Among the local “hits” Grass and his team have brought to the screen are Rudi y Cursi, De Storm, and a Serge Gainsbourg biopic, the results of a series of first-look deals with foreign-language producers. Grass’ move also increases the powerbase of David Kosse, Universal’s affable and capable international boss. “He’s a rising star,” said one rival distributor. Universal said nobody in Grass’ team will lose their jobs.
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