New Zealand Scales Everest Movie ‘Beyond The Edge’
Not to be confused with Sony Pictures’ Doug Liman-directed Everest, New Zealand’s General Film Corporation has announced the start of shooting on Beyond The Edge, a 3D feature about Sir Edmund Hillary’s 1953 ascent of Mt Everest. Local actors Chad Moffitt and Sonam Sherpa will play Hillary and his sherpa Tenzing Norgay for director Leanne Pooley. Matthew Metcalfe is producing and Rialto will release in New Zealand and Australia. Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King production designer Grant Major; cinematographer Richard Bluck, second unit on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and costume designer Barbara Darragh are all aboard. Altitude Film Sales has international rights. Completion is expected in September.

EOne Builds Canadian Teams
Following eOne’s acquisition of Alliance Films, the company has made new team appointments in Toronto and Montréal. EOne Films Canada has named Frank Mendicino SVP of theatrical marketing; Darlene Hotton is SVP theatrical sales; Naveen Prasad becomes SVP broadcast and digital sales; Richard Rapkowski is SVP business and legal affairs; Kevin Hall is EVP home entertainment, film; Jim Fotheringham is SVP home entertainment, distributed labels; Katya Forsyth is SVP finance and Mark Sloane is SVP acquisitions. EOne also said that Chris Lynch of Alliance’s home entertainment division is leaving the company as is Richard Fowler who worked in legal affairs and operations. The Montréal business, Les Films Séville, has named Victor Rego SVP of theatrical distribution; Xavier Trudel as SVP acquisitions and sales; Catherine Mateu as VP business and legal affairs; Chantal Pagé and Marie Hélène Lamarche as VPs marketing and promotion and Annie Tremblay as VP communications. Anick Poirier will continue in her current role of VP international sales for eOne Films International. Leaving are Guy Gagnon, president of the board of directors of Alliance Vivafilm and Les Films Séville co-founder Pierre Brousseau.