EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the start of this week’s Cannes Film Festival, New York-based film sales, finance, distribution and talent management company Cinetic Media, headed by John Sloss, is launching into the international arena with a new division. Jason Ishikawa, will lead a new international sales division for Cinetic, which had until now focused on domestic sales. With Ishikawa on board, Cinetic will now be working with existing sales, management and finance teams to, as the company says, “devise strategies on film finance and worldwide sales as well as acquiring international sales rights.”
Previously, Ishikawa served as Senior Director of Acquisitions, Financing and Sales at The Film Sales Company, the New York-based founded in 2002 by Andrew Herwitz. Since starting at The Film Sales Company in 2009, Ishikawa has helped oversee sales of over 100 documentary and narrative feature films across international and domestic territories in addition to raising financing for numerous fiction and non-fiction projects.
The new international division joins a company that has branched out from its sales core since its founding in 2001 to include a host of advisory services ranging from development, finance, distribution, talent management and corporate consulting. In 2014 former IFC Films exec Ryan Werner brought his then new PR and marketing company under the Cinetic umbrella, quickly becoming a big player in the New York and international film scene.
“I’m very excited to be joining Cinetic to launch the international sales division,” said Ishikawa in a statement provided to Deadline. “I look forward to working alongside our robust domestic sales, financing and management divisions to execute global sales and distribution strategies for our clients.”
“Jason is the perfect fit for our team” added Sloss. “With his enthusiastic love and understanding of film and his knowledge of worldwide rights and markets, we feel he’ll be a major asset to us as we continue to expand our services.”
The inclusion of Cinetic in international sales will come as the market has seen shake-up in recent years, including the departure of Paris-based Rezo’s head of international sales Sebastien Chesneau who launched new sales company, Cercamon ahead of last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Rumors about the new division were palpable at Cinetic’s party at Post Factory at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, though the company only confirmed its move Sunday. In the past, Cinetic partnered with Amsterdam-based sales company, Fortissimo Films on some titles for territories outside its domestic base.