Ben Friedman Joins UK’s Icon Film Distribution As Acquisitions Manager

The UK’s recently relaunched Icon Film Distribution has appointed former Weinstein Co exec Ben Friedman as Acquisitions Manager. The hire is the latest in IFD’s renewal since it received backing from investment firm New Sparta to return to distribution after pulling out of the business in 2011. Friedman was formerly VP of Acquisitions for TWC, and left in 2010 to consult for Newmarket Films and the Exclusive Media Group, amongst others. Two years ago, he co-founded and became a producing partner in Native State Productions. Icon attended February’s Berlin Film Festival and is heading into its first Cannes since the relaunch. It already has a UK release slate that includes Mike Brett and Steve Jamison’s Next Goal Wins; Jim Mickle’s Cold In July; Lynn Shelton’s Laggies; Adam Wingard’s The Guest; Aussie horror pic The Babadook; Richard LaGravenese’s The Last Five Years; and Don Cheadle’s Kill The Trumpet Player. IFD CEO, Ian Dawson, says, “We are thrilled to have Ben joining the Icon team. His experience at the sharp-end of international acquisitions, instinct for finding exciting film projects and relationships with filmmaking talent will fit perfectly with Icon as we grow the business and seek involvement in projects in the earliest stages of production.” Originally formed in 1999, IFD previously released such titles as Paranormal Activity, 30 Days Of Night, Transporter 3, What Women Want, A Single Man, La Vie En Rose and Drive.

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