See-Saw Films’ Head of Commercial Affairs Simon Gillis has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of the company’s film division, effective immediately.
Based in London, Gillis will continue to report directly to joint MDs Emile Sherman and Iain Canning and will oversee the film division’s day-to-day operations across its London, Sydney and LA offices, including production finance and strategy, business development, legal and business affairs.
Gillis will continue to work closely with the film division’s Heads of Production, Nicky Earnshaw (UK), Libby Sharpe (Australia), and Head of Development, Katherine Bridle. See-Saw’s TV division will continue to be co-run by its COO, Hakan Kousetta and Head of TV, Jamie Laurenson.
See-Saw’s upcoming slate includes Francis Lee’s Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, which will start shooting in March. Gillis recently brokered pre-sales on Ammonite on behalf of See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross City Films.
As Head Of Commercial Affairs Gillis negotiated See-Saw’s three-year, first-look deal with New Regency. He also packaged the financing on Chris Morris’ upcoming comedy The Day Shall Come, which will premiere at SXSW in March. Gillis is co-repping sales on behalf of Cross City Films alongside FilmNation.
The announcement comes as See-Saw looks to expand its U.S. slate, pushed at a local level by LA-based Vice President of Creative Affairs, Negin Salmasi, which includes the recently acquired sci-fi thriller N, penned by Javier Gullón, for which Gillis brokered the deal alongside New Regency’s Eric Roth.
Canning and Sherman said, “Simon has proven himself as not only a first rate deal maker and strategist, but as a linchpin binding the entire film division’s activities. Most importantly, he shares our values and our focus in supporting the most talented filmmakers to tell stories of meaning and resonance.”
Gillis joined See-Saw in 2016 from Universal Pictures, where he served as Vice President of Acquisitions & Production, Business & Legal Affair.