Bold Films Opens UK Branch, Adds Execs

EXCLUSIVE: The indie production and film finance team behind Whiplash and Nigthcrawler said today that it is opening a London office and has brought in a quartet of senior executives. The initial new hires for Bold Films’ first European branch include Managing Director Svetlana Metkina and Dominic Buchanan, VP Production & Development.

The company also has expanded its senior creative team in Los Angeles with the hiring of Lisa Zambri and Jon Oakes, both as SVP Production and Development.

“We are tremendously excited to open our offices in London,” CEO Gary Michael Walters said in making the announcement. “A consistent presence in the UK and Europe will allow us to access a whole new group of exciting talent in the UK and Europe and help establish key strategic relationships with the major European distributors in film and television.”

Metkina has been consulting creatively on Bold Films’ slate for several years. Buchanan most recently was Head of Film & Original Content of Stink Films. Zambri was President of Vinson Films, and Oakes rejoins Bold Films from Mad Chance where he was a VP.

Bold Films’ 2015 film slate includes No Escape, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell, which the Weinstein Company will release, and Warner Bros’ Lost River, the writing and directing debut from Ryan Gosling. Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes star.

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