Global Showbiz Briefs: PeaPie Films Gets Biz And Legal Exec; Tim Bevan: Mentor; Discovery Taps Asia-Pacific Chief

Natasha Pilbrow Joins PeaPie Films Biz/Legal Department

Kris Thykier’s PeaPie Films has added Natasha Pilbrow as head of business affairs and legal. Pilbrow was formerly with the film division of entertainment law firm Lee & Thompson LLP. London-based PeaPie is in preproduction on Stephen Daldry’s Trash and also is producing serial killer thriller Repent and Asif Kapadia’s Ali And Nino. Thykier’s credits include Kick-Ass, I Give It A Year and the upcoming One Chance.

Tim Bevan Will Mentor England’s Hurricane Films

Liverpool-based Hurricane Films is getting a new mentor in the form of Working Title co-founder Tim Bevan. A mentor initiative run by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, brings top industry professionals together with creative businesses to help encourage growth. Bevan will lend his expertise to Hurricane and will consult on the development of two new films from Terence Davies: Sunset Song starring Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan and A Quiet Passion with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. “The Hurricane team is so passionate about original storytelling that I’m delighted to act as a mentor in the development of its projects,” Bevan said. “I hope to not only inspire Hurricane further but offer them real guidance, support and encouragement throughout our 12 months together.” Hurricane was co-founded by Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter. The pair received a BAFTA nomination for producing Davies’ Of Time And The City.

Arjan Hoekstra Tops Asia-Pacific For Discovery Networks

Discovery Networks International has named Arjan Hoekstra to run the Asia-Pacific region starting September 1. As president and managing director of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Hoekstra will be responsible for developing overall business strategies, building the portfolio’s core brands and seeking partnerships within the region. He will be based out of Singapore and joins from Eurosport where he has worked since 1994. Discovery recently acquired 20% of Eurosport. Also moving up the ranks at DNI is Rahul Johri, formerly general manager for South Asia, has been promoted to SVP and general manager, South Asia and head of revenue, pan-regional ad sales and Southeast Asia.

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