Anna Sissons To Run New Distribution Division For Pulse
Production outfit Pulse is launching an in-house distribution arm with Anna Sissons appointed film distribution manager. The new division aims to create a dynamic distribution pipeline by exploiting social media and leveraging brand partnerships, as well as staging events around film releases. Sissons was formerly outreach coordinator at Dogwoof. Pulse CEO Thomas Benski calls this a “strategic move to take control of the promotion and distribution of the slate of fan and event-based projects that Pulse has been producing for the last few years. These films require a different type of release strategy and we feel more suited to fully leverage those audiences.” The first film to be released under the new banner will be Shut Up And Play The Hits. A full slate will be announced in the fall. The company has offices in New York, LA, Paris and London and is planning further international expansion.

Fremantle Is Launch Partner For HBO Nordic
FremantleMedia Enterprises will supply content to HBO Nordic, the paybox’s channel that launched last week. Among the titles to go out will be drama Hit And Miss starring Chloe Sevigny; Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy and two factual series from Morgan Spurlock, A Day In The Life, which looks into the lives of such personalities as Richard Branson and Will.i.Am and New Brittania, which dissects the eccentricities of British culture.

Kris Thykier To Produce Soccer Movie ‘Denmark ‘92’
Kris Thykier’s PeaPie Films will partner with Denmark’s Meta Films to produce Denmark ‘92. The film chronicles the 1992 European soccer championship victory of the underdog Danish squad. Anders August, nominated for a 2009 Oscar for short The Pig, is scripting. Kasper Barfoed, who recently completed The Numbers Station with John Cusack and Malin Akerman, is directing. Kick-Ass producer Thykier, who’s got Studiocanal/Working Title comedy I Give It A Year in the pipeline, will produce with Meta’s Meta Foldager. Her credits include Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen.

Locarno Appoints New Director
The Locarno Film Festival has named Carlo Chatrian as its new artistic director. He will take up his post Nov. 1 following the departure of Olivier Père, who is leaving to head up Arte France Cinéma. Chatrian is an Italian journalist, author and programmer. His festival credits include Paris’ Cinéma du Réel, the Courmayeur Noir In Festival, the Alba Film Festival and the Florence Festival dei Popoli. He was a member of the Locarno selection committee from 2006-2009 and more recently has worked as a consultant to the Swiss Cinemathèque in Lausanne, Switzerland.