Cohen Media Group’s Daniel Battsek has been confirmed as David Kosse’s replacement at Film4. Channel 4 chief exec David Abraham today announced that Battsek will join the corporation as Director of Film4, following David Kosse’s departure to STX Entertainment.
“Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the US and UK markets, are second to none,” Channel 4 chief exec Abrahams said in the announcement, which had been expected. “He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the UK.”
Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as President of Cohen Media Group — where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including Timbuktu and Mustang, as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to this role, Battsek was President of National Geographic Films, and before that President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films.
Kosse will consult for Film4 during the transition period through October. Battsek will inherit the increased spend announced by David Abraham and David Kosse in February of £25 million for the year. Battsek will also be charged with maintaining the relationships forged with Fox Searchlight and FP Films, as well as seek out new partnerships.
Battsek inherits a development slate that includes new work from Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Bart Layton, Garth Davis and Mike Leigh, as well as completed or near completed films from Andrea Arnold, Ben Wheatley, Ang Lee, Paddy Considine, Susanna White, John Cameron Mitchell, acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews, newcomers Toby Macdonald and Michael Pearce, and Danny Boyle.