Global Showbiz Briefs: Jean-Philippe Tirel’s Selective Films, Berlin Film Festival Honors, Nine Entertainment Recapitalization

Wild Bunch’s Jean-Philippe Tirel To Hang Acquisitions Shingle
After eight years running Wild Bunch Distribution, Jean-Philippe Tirel is setting out on his own. The exec, who worked at Studiocanal before joining Wild Bunch, helped to launch the company’s successful French distribution arm. He’ll now launch his own acquisitions boutique, Selective Films, backed by private investors and looking to acquire three to four non-French films per year for the French market. Selective will also soon announce a non-exclusive first-look deal with a major French distributor. Tirel’s strong track record includes getting an early jump on and shepherding such local hits as Paranormal Activity, The King’s Speech and Piranha. He also led Wild Bunch Distribution in its release of Little Nicolas which was 2009’s top-grossing French film. Tirel says he’ll acquire a majority of American films and start the buying in Cannes. (more…)

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